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The Asia Foundation Announces New Members of the Board of Trustees

January 12, 2024

News

The Asia Foundation announces three new members to the Board of Trustees effective January 2024. Joining our mission to improve lives and expand opportunities across Asia and the Pacific, these new members bring a wealth of experience, diverse perspectives, and a shared commitment to advancing our impact. Meet our new members: Lama Ahmad is a resea… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Trustees Elected as New Board Co-Chairs of the Henry Luce Foundation

September 14, 2022

Media Coverage

The Henry Luce Foundation recently elected Asia Foundation trustees Terry Adamson and Debra Knopman as co-chairs of their Board of Directors. The Luce Foundation is a long-time partner of The Asia Foundation in promoting leadership development through the Luce Scholars Program. Launched in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program is a unique exchange Americ… Read more

 

The Asia Foundation Releases 2021 Annual Report

San Francisco, June 30, 2022

News

Today, The Asia Foundation releases its new annual report which is now available online. Please enjoy stories from across the Foundation’s many offices, as well as highlights of unique initiatives of the last year, including our Go Digital ASEAN digital literacy training, the Climate Action Initiative, the dramatic expansion of Let’s Read, and the… Read more

 

Change Starts Here Campaign Impact Report

May 18, 2022

Publication

The Asia Foundation launched an ambitious $50M Change Starts Here campaign in 2016 to support the Foundation’s life-enhancing programs and sustain the impact of our work long into the future. Thanks to the extraordinary support of the Foundation’s donors and trustees, we recently surpassed the $50M fundraising goal a year ahead of schedule. The suc… Read more

 

Honoring Asia Foundation Trustee Emeritus Thomas Payne Rohlen

San Francisco, April 12, 2022

News

The Asia Foundation mourns the loss of Trustee Emeritus Thomas Payne Rohlen, who died peacefully surrounded by family on March 6, 2022, at the age of 81. Rohlen served on The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2016. He was a Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow with Stanford University’s Institute for International Studies, and a form… Read more

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Peering into the Year Ahead in Asia

January 19, 2022

Blog and Podcast

The year is still young, but our country representatives are looking ahead to the trends and developments that will affect the course of peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific in 2022.

 

The Asia Foundation Through the Years—Paving the Way for Regional Economic Cooperation in Asia & the Creation of APEC

October 7, 2021

Publication

The Asia Foundation Monograph Series: commemorating contributions to key development challenges in the Asia-Pacific region Ambassador Haydn Williams, who served as president of The Asia Foundation from 1964-1989, commissioned the creation of a series of monographs to commemorate the Foundation’s contributions to key development challenges in the As… Read more

 

Tim Kochis: Legacy Giving

June 14, 2021

Donor Testimonial

Tim Kochis and Penelope Wong joined The Asia Foundation’s Haydn Williams Legacy Society by making arrangements in their living trust to give a percentage of their eventual estate to The Asia Foundation. This is in addition to many annual gifts over the years and pledges to the current campaign. These combine to make an impactful contribution to the… Read more

 

Our Predictions for 2021, Following a Year That Defied Prediction

January 19, 2021

Blog and Podcast

From a pandemic that quickly swept the globe, to the storming of the U.S. capital, 2020 was a year that defied prediction. So, what can we say about 2021? After a year that derailed development trajectories across Asia, our experts look to the year ahead.

Ferry building in San Francisco. 

The Asia Foundation Welcomes New Trustees

San Francisco, December 16, 2020

News

The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, announces the addition of four members to its Board of Trustees: Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr.; Ambassador Karl Eikenberry; Ambassador Mary Ann Peters; and Stephanie Fahey. Eikenberry and Fahey are returning me… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Trustee Adil Najam Moderates Coronavirus Livestream Discussion

April 1, 2020

Media Coverage

Asia Foundation trustee and Dean of Boston University’s Pardee School of Grant Studies Adil Najam moderates a seminar “Coronavirus and the Future of Infectious Disease,” on April 1.  The seminar features a discussion between Nahid Bhadelia (associate professor, Medicine/Infectious Diseases, BU School of Medicine), Davidson Hamer (professor, Gl… Read more

 

The Asia Foundation Announces Three New Trustees

San Francisco, February 27, 2020

News

The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, announces the addition of three new members to its Board of Trustees: Debra Knopman, Frank Lavin, and Ted Osius. The Foundation made the announcement at a recent Board of Trustees meeting where it also honored o… Read more

 

2020 in Asia: A 20/20 Look

January 8, 2020

Blog and Podcast

Happy New Year, and welcome to the first edition of InAsia for 2020. To herald the new decade, our country representatives this week survey the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for a dynamic and rapidly changing Asia. Here, to kick off the new year, are perspectives from The Asia Foundation’s 18 country offices. 

 

The Asia Foundation Elects Markos Kounalakis, Jacqueline Lundquist to Board of Trustees

San Francisco, November 1, 2019

News

The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, announces the election of two new members to its Board of Trustees at its September 2019 meeting: Markos Kounalakis and Jacqueline Lundquist. Dr. Markos Kounalakis is an author, publisher, journalist, and schola… Read more

 

A Tribute to Ted Eliot

October 23, 2019

Blog and Podcast

Asia Foundation trustee emeritus Ted Eliot, Jr., who left us this fall at the grand age of 91, demonstrated throughout his life that America’s first line of defense is manned by wise and seasoned diplomats practicing the art of diplomacy. For almost seven decades, Ambassador Eliot led by example, brilliantly tutored Foreign Service officers, and de… Read more

 

Honoring Asia Foundation Trustee Emeritus Theodore L. Eliot, Jr.

San Francisco, August 12, 2019

News

Asia Foundation Trustee Emeritus Theodore L. Eliot, Jr. passed away on August 8 at the age of 91. Theodore Lyman Eliot Jr. was born Jan. 24, 1928, part of the prominent Boston Eliot family, which included several college presidents and one Nobel Prize winner. He graduated from Harvard University in 1948 and married Pat Peters in 1951, in Sri Lanka,… Read more

 

Giving Voice, Leading Change

April 24, 2019

Blog and Podcast

When The Asia Foundation says it believes, and invests, in emerging leaders in Asia, it goes a step beyond leadership programs. The Foundation opens itself to be steered by the very leaders it cultivates. I saw this first hand when, as a graduate of the Asia Foundation Development Fellows program, I was appointed to a two-year term on the Foundatio… Read more

 

Bloomberg features Ambassador Kathleen Stephens

March 1, 2019

Media Coverage

Bloomberg interviews former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea and Asia Foundation Trustee Kathleen Stephens on the recent U.S.- DPRK Nuclear Summit held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

 

The Asia Foundation Announces New Chairman of the Board, Vice Chairs and Trustees

San Francisco, January 30, 2019

News

The Asia Foundation announces the election of Sunder Ramaswamy as chairman of the board; Timothy Kochis and Ambassador Kathleen Stephens as vice chairs; and Jerome L. Dodson, Patricia M. Loui, and Deanne Weir as trustees. Additionally, Iromi Perera and Dustin Palmer are joining the board as term trustees. President David D. Arnold welcomed them: “O… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Trustee Daniel Feldman Joins Covington & Burling LLP as Senior Counsel

January 23, 2019

Media Coverage

Asia Foundation trustee Daniel F. Feldman joins Covington & Burling LLP, an international law firm, as a senior counsel in the firm’s Public Policy practice and a member of Global Problem Solving initiative. His distinguished government career also includes serving as Director of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs at the National Security Co… Read more

 

Bloomberg Opinion Features Asia Foundation Trustee Elizabeth Economy’s China Book

January 18, 2019

Media Coverage

Bloomberg Opinion features The Third Revolution, a book on China by Asia Foundation trustee Elizabeth Economy. The op-ed was written by Hal Brands of the John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, who names The Third Revolution as a “must-read book of 2018.” Read the op-ed here.

Asia Foundation trustee Tim Kochis as he apeared in A & S Marquette Magazine in 2018. 

Developing a Moral Compass by Understanding the Human Condition and Appreciating Differing Perspectives: Asia Foundation Trustee Tim Kochis

June 20, 2018

Blog and Podcast

Asia Foundation trustee Tim Kochis in A&S Marquette Magazine In his wide-ranging career, Asia Foundation Trustee Tim Kochis has been a nationally prominent wealth manager and strategic consultant, a six-time author, a philanthropist, and an educator. At U.C. Berkeley, where he cofounded the university’s personal financial planning program, an a… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Trustees Comment on Trump-Kim summit

June 12, 2018

Media Coverage

Asia Foundation Trustees Ambassador Kathleen Stephens and Michael J. Green weigh in on the recent U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore. CNN feature: History beckons for Trump and Kim “My own sense is that he would only be ready to (totally disarm) at the end of a very long process and that his goal at the present time is to remain a de facto nuclea… Read more

China skyline 

Asia Foundation Chairman Dr. David M. Lampton Honored by Committee of 100 for Advancing U.S.-China Relations

May 30, 2018

News

At its recent annual conference in Silicon Valley on May 5, 2018, the Committee of 100 (C100) honored Asia Foundation Chairman Dr. David M. Lampton with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Advancing U.S.-China Relations. Lampton, who joined The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2006 and became Chairman of the Board in 2014, is Hyman Professor and… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Trustee Ambassador Kathleen Stephens Appointed as President & CEO of KEI

May 25, 2018

Media Coverage

Yonhap News features an article about Asia Foundation Trustee Kathleen Stephens’ appointment as president & CEO of Washington, D.C-based Korea Economic Institute of America, effective September 1, 2018. “This is an important time in the U.S.-Korea relationship,” she said in a statement released by the institute. “Interest in the policy challeng… Read more

 

U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry Briefs Asia Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting

San Francisco, May 24, 2018

News

The Asia Foundation hosted former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry for a special foreign policy briefing during the Board of Trustees meeting in Redwood City this past weekend. Dr. Perry served as Secretary of Defense under the Clinton Administration 1994-1997. At Monday’s board luncheon, Dr. Perry reflected on the history of negotiations… Read more

 

Asia’s Biggest Issues in 2018: Experts Weigh In

January 3, 2018

Blog and Podcast

Without a doubt, 2017 put Asia to the test. Religious and ethnic tensions spilled out onto the streets, game-changing elections toppled leaders as new ones emerged, some economies boomed while others declined. Meanwhile, natural disasters such as the devastating floods in South Asia—the worst in a decade—killed over 1,000 people, displaced millions… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Expresses Sadness Over Passing of Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Former Trustee, Grantee and Friend

December 1, 2017

News

The Asia Foundation expresses its deep sadness over the passing of Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, distinguished diplomat, member of Parliament, former Asia Foundation trustee, and friend. In addition to his many accomplishments, he also served as secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from 2008-2012, the first person from Thai… Read more

Ferry building in San Francisco. 

The Asia Foundation Announces New Trustees

San Francisco, November 9, 2017

News

The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, announces the election of four new members to its Board of Trustees at its September 25, 2017 meeting: Amb. Robert O. Blake, Jr., Dr. Michael J. Green, Amb. Mark W. Lippert, and Ms. Ruby Shang. Ambassador Robert… Read more

 

A Partner for Change: Six Decades of The Asia Foundation in Korea

June 16, 2017

Publication

For more than six decades, The Asia Foundation has responded to the ever-changing needs of the Korean people by building relationships and addressing the critical issues facing the country with creativity, expertise and commitment. This publication is a historical record of Korea’s remarkable journey and the Foundation’s initiatives, partnerships,… Read more

Aerial view of Dili, with Asia Foundation 25 years logo. 

The Asia Foundation – 25 Years in Timor-Leste

June 13, 2017

Video

The Asia Foundation celebrates 25 years of dedicated work in Timor-Leste. Since 1992, the Foundation has worked alongside partners in the government, civil society, media, academia, and community groups to achieve the ambitious goals of this great country.

 

Asia Foundation Trustees at Annual Oksenberg Lecture: U.S.-China Relations

Stanford, CA, Thursday, May 11, 2017

Events

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Black Community Services Center 418 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA The annual Oksenberg Lecture, honors the legacy of Professor Michel Oksenberg (1938–2001), a senior fellow at Shorenstein APARC and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Professor Oksenberg served as a key member of the National Security Co… Read more

 

Asia’s Biggest Issues in 2017: Experts Weigh In

January 4, 2017

Blog and Podcast

In 2016, Asia was rocked by major events that tested the region’s perseverance and proved its strength. While many countries in the region proved to be economically resilient and politically stable, others were challenged by shifting alliances and leadership change, including the passing of a beloved monarch, and threats of regional security and re… Read more

 

Making of The Asia Foundation’s Annual Report

May 13, 2015

Video

The report was printed at Leewood Press in San Francisco.

 

A Conversation with Pakistani Journalist Wajahat Ali

November 12, 2014

Blog and Podcast

The Asia Foundation’s deputy country representative in Pakistan, Ameena Ilahi, recently spoke with Pakistani journalist Wajahat Ali, who in 2010 served as an Asia Foundation William P. Fuller Fellow in Conflict Resolution at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. As an accomplished journalist, looking back, what do you consider the highlight or most remarkable moment in your career?

 

60th Anniversary – California Senator Dianne Feinstein

September 19, 2014

Video

Presented at the 60th anniversary gala in SF, a special video congratulations by California Senator Dianne Feinstein, honorary gala co-chair.

 

60th Anniversary – Honorable George P. Shultz

September 19, 2014

Video

Presented at the 60th anniversary gala in San Francisco, a special video congratulations by Honorable George P. Shultz, honorary gala co-chair.

 

60th Anniversary – Six Decades of Addressing Asia’s Critical Issues

September 19, 2014

Video

Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, the Asia Foundation’s work across the region addresses the critical issues facing Asia, including: a lack of transparency and accountability in government; exclusion of women from political and economic life; persistent poverty and rising inequality; ethnic and religious conflicts; acc… Read more

 

Water Scarcity a Threat to Mongolia’s Sustainable Development

September 17, 2014

Blog and Podcast

A new report from the Asian Development Bank sent a warning signal to Mongolia that, despite its wealth of natural resources and pristine image, the country faces a severe water scarcity and quality crisis – one that could leave its growing capital…

 

Critical Issues Facing Asia: Marking 60 Years

September 10, 2014

Video

As part of the global dialogue, the Foundation has organized a photography exhibition, Critical Issues Facing Asia: Marking 60 Years. The exhibit features 14 international photographers and incredible imagery of the six critical issues the Foundation is actively addressing, including: lack of transparency and accountability in government; persisten… Read more

 

Minorities within the Minority: Indigenous Communities in the Bangsamoro

August 6, 2014

Blog and Podcast

In March this year, a major milestone passed in the 40-year effort to end hostilities in the Philippines between the national government and Muslim separatist fronts. The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a Comprehensive…

 

The Struggle Against Religious Conflict in Pakistan

August 6, 2014

Blog and Podcast

On the third day of Eid-ul Fitar last week, two Hindu trader brothers from district Umerkot in Sindh Province were murdered in front of their home. An Ahmadi doctor was murdered in Chiniot in May 2014 while a Hazara Shia community in Quetta was attacked and two brothers were murdered by Lashakr-e-Jhangvi on Eid-ul Fitar in July 2014. The killing of Rashid Rehman…

 

A Conversation with Mongolia’s Environment Minister Oyun Sanjasuren

July 23, 2014

Blog and Podcast

As The Asia Foundation recently marked its 20th anniversary in Mongolia, Country Representative Meloney Lindberg sat down with Oyun Sanjasuren, Minister of Environment and Green Development and former Asia Foundation grantee…

 

Bangladesh’s Development Surprise: A Model for Developing Countries

June 25, 2014

Blog and Podcast

By many metrics, Bangladesh’s development trajectory is a unique success story, especially since the 1990s when democratic rule was reinstated and extensive economic reforms were made. Poverty incidence has fallen from 60 percent to around 30 percent.

 

Poverty, Inequality, and the Negative Effects of Mongolia’s Economic Downturn

June 25, 2014

Blog and Podcast

For the last four years, Mongolia has had one of the fastest growing economies in the world, clocking double-digit growth on the back of a mining boom. The effects of this growth are obvious, especially in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, where cranes dominate the skyline…

 

Disaster Management and Climate Change

June 12, 2014

Video

Photographer Conor Ashleigh recently worked with The Asia Foundation in Bangladesh, a nation extremely vulnerable to climate change.

 

Nepal’s Migrant Workers

June 12, 2014

Video

Photographer Conor Ashleigh worked with The Asia Foundation in Nepal in 2013, and shared these reflections.

 

The Luce Scholars Program

June 12, 2014

Video

2010 Henry Luce Fellow Ted Alcorn shares his reflections and pictures of his year in Asia.

 

A Conversation with Mongolian NGO Leader Badruun Gardi

April 23, 2014

Blog and Podcast

Just back from an intensive, nine-day leadership training workshop in Singapore and the Philippines, which kicked off The Asia Foundation’s Development Fellows program, In Asia editor Alma Freeman interviewed one of the 10 inaugural Fellows from Mongolia, Badruun Gardi…

 

A Conversation with Thailand’s Ambassador to the U.S. Vijavat Isarabhakdi

March 26, 2014

Blog and Podcast

The Asia Foundation’s director of Regional Cooperation Programs, John J. Brandon, speaks with Thailand’s Ambassador to the U.S. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, who served as a Congressional Fellow sponsored by The Asia Foundation.

 

A Conversation with Nepali Journalist, Women’s Rights Advocate Jaya Luintel

March 5, 2014

Blog and Podcast

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, In Asia editor Alma Freeman interviewed Nepali radio journalist and women’s rights advocate, Jaya Luintel, on women’s changing role in politics and society in Nepal, the country’s wide gender gap, and hopes of democratic momentum.

 

Corruption in the Philippines: Survey of Business Execs Reveals ‘Mixed’ Findings

January 22, 2014

Blog and Podcast

On January 15, the results of the latest “SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption” were released during an afternoon session of the Good Governance Summit 2014. The previous survey in 2012 showed an impressive record low of 43 percent of business executives who considered corruption to be widespread.

 

Photo Blog: Critical Issue -Transparency & Accountability

January 22, 2014

Blog and Podcast

Corruption is deeply entrenched in many Asian countries and continues to erode public trust in democratic processes and in public institutions. Accountable governance institutions are essential to sustainable growth in Asia…

 

Are There Lessons for Cambodia from Philippines’ People Power Movement?

January 8, 2014

Blog and Podcast

While the rest of the world launched fireworks to usher in the New Year, in Cambodia, an estimated 50,000 protesters marched in the streets of Phnom Penh on December 29, chanting “Hun Sen, get out.” The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP)…

 

Philippines 2014: The Best of Times or the Worst of Times?

January 8, 2014

Blog and Podcast

January, named after the two-faced Roman god Janus, is a time that invites us to look back and look ahead. Here in the Philippines, excitable headlines make it hard to discern if 2013 was the worst of times, or the best of times – but either way, Filipinos seem to be looking forward to 2014 with optimism.

 

Sri Lanka – Post War Economy

May 14, 2012

Video

An interview with A. Subakaran, senior technical advisory in The Asia Foundation’s Sri Lanka office. From The Asia Foundation’s 2011 Annual Report.

 

Philippines – Women in Mindanao

May 7, 2012

Video

An interview with Maribel Buenaobra, director of programs in The Asia Foundation’s Philippines office. From The Asia Foundation’s 2011 Annual Report.

 

China – Charity Sector Energized

May 7, 2012

Video

An interview with Chen Liuting, program officer in The Asia Foundation’s China office. From The Asia Foundation’s 2011 Annual Report.

 

India – A Right to Know

May 7, 2012

Video

An interview with Mandakini Devasher Surie, program officer in The Asia Foundation’s India office. From The Asia Foundation’s 2011 Annual Report.

 

Korea – Asia’s Emerging Donors

May 7, 2012

Video

An interview with Kyung-Sook Lee, senior program officer in The Asia Foundation’s Korea office. From The Asia Foundation’s 2011 Annual Report.