Asia Foundation History

 

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

 

A Tribute to Ted Eliot

October 23, 2019

Blog Post

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

 

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.

 

A Conversation with Pakistani Journalist Wajahat Ali

November 12, 2014

Blog Post

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 Post

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 Post

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 Post

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 Post

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 Post

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 Post

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 Post

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 Post

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 Post

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 Post

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 Post

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…