Please note: Years listed represent the fiscal year in which the project took place. Projects from a completed fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) are typically added in the following Spring. Fiscal Year 2013 projects will be added in Spring, 2014.
Displaying 101 Projects
Projects : Washington DC
Launch of the 2012 Survey of the Afghan People in Washington DC.
Asian Ambassador Dinner
Continuing dinner discussions with the Asian diplomatic and policy communities on important public policy issues, events featured author Robert Kaplan, discussing his recent book Monsoon and Madame Sadako Ogata, former president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Asian Perspectives: Women's Changing Roles in Asia
A panel discussion on "Women's Changing Roles in Asia" to commemorate International Women's Day featuring four prominent experts from Asia discussing critical issues facing women in Asia today: gender equality and local governance, women in conflict resolution, women's entrepreneurship, and women and Islam.
Books for Asia Events
Luncheon celebrating the Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program with Ms. Melody Zavala, Director of Books for Asia, discussing the program, and Dr. Steven Rood, The Asia Foundation's Representative in the Philippines, providing an update on the Books for Asia program in the Philippines.
Economic Policy Reform in the Philippines
Launch of the Asia Foundation's new book Built on Dreams, Grounded in Reality, which is a set of case studies by development practitioners and academics focused on trying to uncover why some Philippine economic policy reforms succeeded while others failed. Several of the authors discussed the Foundation's approach to economic policy reform, which is a combination of technical analysis, political economy analysis and political action. The cases trace the political battles involved in five successful and two unsuccessful reform efforts in telecommunications, sea transport, civil aviation, water privatization, property rights legislation, tax administration and the grain sector.
Philippines in 2012: Review and Forecast
A luncheon presentation given by Dr. Steven Rood, The Asia Foundation's longtime Country Representative for the Philippines, on the afternoon of Thursday, January 26th, to discuss the latest developments in the Philippines, touching on prospects for fundamental governance reform, as well as such recent events as the string of high-profile resignations and indictments regarding electoral fraud. Dr. Rood also provided his forecast and assessment of issues likely to dominate the Philippine political agenda in 2012, including the progress of peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and continued anti-corruption efforts by President Aquino's administration.
Thailand: After the Elections
A talk given by Mr. Kim McQuay, The Asia Foundation's Country Representative for Thailand, about the aftermath of the Thai election, perceptions of the new government's performance thus far, and prospects for reconciliation in the country overall.
Asian Perspectives - The Economic Governance Index (EGI) and the Enterprise- Readiness of Local Governance in Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam
Panel discussion featuring Dr. Bruce Tolentino, The Asia Foundation's Director, Economic Reform and Development; Dr. Veronique Salze-Lozac'h, The Asia Foundation's Regional Economic Director in Cambodia; Dr. Eddy Malesky, Harvard Academy Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; and Dr. Neil McCulloch, The Asia Foundation's Director for Economic Programs in Indonesia. The panel discussed the Economic Governance Index, a tool pioneered and designed by the Foundation and used by local governments to determine how best to encourage private sector development in Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia.
Afghan Minister of Education
A delegation including Afghanistan's minister of education, to visit Washington and Charlottesville, Virginia, as part of a series of high-level meetings to observe the functioning of the American public education system and to meet with American educators to exchange ideas and best practices.
Asian Perspectives - The Philippines: Challenges and Opportunities for the New Aquino Administration
An in-depth Asian Perspectives seminar on "The Philippines: Challenges and Opportunities for the New Aquino Administration," providing insight into current and upcoming political, security, and social challenges facing the Philippines.
Bangladesh Women Members of Parliament Study Program
A 10-day observation program as part of The Asia Foundation's Promoting Democratic Institutions and Practices program in Bangladesh, which involved leadership training, witnessing hearings and meeting with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill, visiting Washington area NGO leaders focusing on women's issues, and meeting with the Maryland state legislature's Women's Caucus.
China Supreme Court Delegation
A visiting delegation from China's Supreme People's Court consisting of six judges who were in Washington, DC to take part in a study tour focused on highlighting key international experiences and best practices in implementing state compensation laws.
Combating Human Trafficking in Asia: From Policy to Practice
Event featuring ambassador-at-large at the U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and chief of party of The Asia Foundation's Counter Trafficking in Persons program in Cambodia.
Ghazni, Afghanistan–Hayward, California Sister City Exchange
A delegation from Ghazni, Afghanistan visiting the Washington, DC area to promote goodwill and friendship and highlight the city's selection as the 2013 Capital of Islamic Culture. The delegation of Afghan government officials, including the governor of Ghazni as well as Afghan journalists, visited the nation's capital for a series of meetings before traveling to Hayward, California, the Sister City of Ghazni.
Improving Leadership and Coordination of Disaster Management in China Study Tour
A study-tour with training sessions and meetings with U.S. government disaster management specialists for a group of experts form China's Ministry of Civil Affairs and other provisional–level organizations.
Intellectual Property Rights in China: Chinese Judges Study Tour
A two-day study tour in Washington, DC for four judges focusing on intellectual property rights from the Supreme People's Court and the Beijing Intermediate Court, visiting key agencies focusing on intellectual property such as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
L.Z. Yuan Fellowship in Media and International Affairs
A two-week summer course at George Washington University's Foreign Policy Institute and a month-long fellowship placement at The Brookings Institution's Thornton China Center for a Chinese journalist visiting the U.S.
Sources of Violent Conflict in Asia: The Struggle Over Identity
An Asian Perspectives panel discussion featuring a journalist and community leader in southern Thailand, and a representative from the Colombo-based NGO Initiative for Political and Conflict Transformation (INPACT) in Sri Lanka, and The Asia Foundation's regional director for conflict and governance.
Strengthening Local Economic Governance in Asia: Book Launch
An event to release Asia Foundation book on Strengthening Local Economic Governance In Asia: Experience and Innovations, featuring case studies on Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and the Philippines.
The 14th Japan-U.S.-China Trilateral
Fourteenth conference in a series of meetings that provides an opportunity for an exchange of views among key officials and scholars in the American foreign policy community and their Chinese and Japanese counterparts on critical issues to the three countries, held in Tokyo, Japan.
A luncheon discussion with two of the Asia Foundation's trustees, the director of The Asia Foundation's Center for U.S.-Korea Policy, providing perspectives and insights regarding areas in which the U.S., China, and Japan are cooperating and where policy differences remain.
U.S.-China-Vietnam Trilateral Dialogue
Third U.S.-China-Vietnam Trilateral Dialogue in Annapolis, Maryland, examining the regional architecture of East Asia, political and security issues, and efforts at effective regional coordination of disaster relief and humanitarian assistance.
A Track II closed session two-day conference on the challenges facing the new Aquino administration, security, economics, and other issues in Southeast Asia and the Philippines. Participants included high-level officials and policymakers from the Philippines and the U.S.
Updates from the Field
A series of presentations from Asia Foundation country representatives to provide members of the Washington, DC development and policy communities with updates on current events and significant developments from the field.
Visiting Delegation of Indian Diplomats
A two-week summer course focused on U.S. foreign policy for three mid-career diplomats from India's Ministry of External Affairs to visit the U.S. and complete their course work with meetings in Washington, DC with policy experts and a two-week study tour built around national security, the economy, and immigration.
Women's Empowerment Program Film Screening: Saving Seca
A co-hosted film screening with the U.S. Agency for International Development of Saving Seca, a Khmer language film used as a police training tool demonstrating best practices for ensuring the protection of trafficking victims during brothel raids and rescues.
An Indian Perspective on Afghanistan and Regional Issues
Roundtable discussion featuring Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhaya, a senior diplomat in India's Ministry of External Affairs, and an Asia Foundation regional security studies fellow. The ambassador conducted research at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace focusing on U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan and its implications for India and the region.
Asia Foundation-Stanford Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) Fellowship
Discussion co-hosted with the U.S.-Indonesia Society featuring Dr. Sudarno Sumarto, The Asia Foundation's visiting fellow at Stanford University. Dr. Sumarto discussed the successes and lessons of the social safety net programs implemented by the Indonesian government in the wake of the global economic crisis and the future of Indonesia's economic development.
China's Impact on Indian Foreign Policy and Security Strategy
Discussion co-sponsored by The Asia Foundation and the South Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies featuring remarks by Ms. Indrani Bagchi, a prominent Indian journalist and The Asia Foundation's Chang-Lin Visiting Fellow. Ms. Bagchi also spoke at a discussion, co-sponsored by the Foundation and the John L. Thornton China Center at The Brookings Institution, entitled "China's Place in Indian Foreign Policy", where her remarks addressed current themes and drivers of Indian foreign policy, focusing on India's relations with China, Pakistan, and the United States.
Constitutional Reform and Democracy in Thailand
Roundtable discussion featuring Catharin Dalpino, visiting professor at Georgetown University's Asian Studies Program, and John Brandon, The Asia Foundation's director of International Relations Programs and associate director of the Washington, DC office. The roundtable brought together experts on Southeast Asia to discuss The Asia Foundation's findings in a national public opinion survey on current political trends and democracy in Thailand.
Current Political Developments in Nepal: An Update on the Constitutional Council
Roundtable discussion on Nepal's progress toward peace, development, and the status of Nepal's constitutional reforms, featuring The Asia Foundation's deputy country representative in Nepal, Dr. Sagar Prasai.
Disaster Management: Chinese Delegation
Delegation from China comprised of provincial-level government officials and representatives of Chinese NGOs to participate in a USAID-funded study tour focused on public-private partnerships for disaster management in China. The delegates met with a variety of agencies to address particular aspects of disaster preparedness and relief at the national, state, and local levels.
Moving from Theory to Practice on Political Approaches to Development: Case Studies from Afghanistan, Nepal, and the Philippines
Panel discussion featuring The Asia Foundation's country representatives in Nepal and the Philippines, Dr. George Varughese and Dr. Steven Rood respectively; Dr. William S. Cole, the Foundation's senior director for Governance, Law, and Civil Society Programs; Letitia Butler, director of policy at USAID; and moderated by Tom Carothers, vice president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The panel focused on the effectiveness of political economy approaches to economic and political development programs in both conflict and non-conflict environments.
Strengthening Understanding of Public Opinion in the South
Presentation of The Asia Foundation's groundbreaking survey of public opinion in Southern Thailand, Strengthening Understanding of Public Opinion in the South; Discussion by Dr. James Klein, the Foundation's country representative in Thailand (1996-2010) and Mr. Tim Meisburger, director of Election and Political Processes for The Asia Foundation.
Subnational Conflicts in Southeast Asia
An informal roundtable discussion to foster an exchange of ideas on the causes of subnational conflicts, with a focus on analysis of Southeast Asian ethno-religious civil conflicts and featuring a presentation by a Malaysian political scientist.
The Asia Foundation/Georgetown University Southeast Asia Roundtable
Monthly roundtable discussions on salient political, economic, and security issues important to Southeast Asia and U.S. interests in the region, cosponsored with Georgetown University's Asian Studies Program.
The Asia Foundation/Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ISIS)-Malaysia/Pacific Forum Young Leaders Meeting
Two-day meeting for young emerging leaders from Asia and the United States to discuss U.S.-Asia relations and strategic competition in the Asia-Pacific, cosponsored with ISIS-Malaysia and the Pacific Forum.
The Ellsworth Bunker Asian Ambassadors Dinner Series - The Honorable Keith Ellison
The 24th Ellsworth Bunker Asian Ambassadors Dinner featuring Congressman Keith Ellison, who spoke on the topic of "Imperatives for Global Peace: Implications for Asia." The dinner was held at the Embassy of Bangladesh and co-hosted by H.E. Akramul Qader, Bangladesh's Ambassador to the United States, and Ms. Ellen Laipson, president and CEO of The Henry L. Stimson Center and member of The Asia Foundation's Board of Trustees.
The Ellsworth Bunker Asian Ambassadors Dinner Series - The Honorable Melanne Verveer
The 23rd Ellsworth Bunker Asian Ambassadors Dinner featuring the Honorable Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State, who spoke on the topic of Women in Asia: Participation, Rights, and Basic Security. The dinner was held at The Washington Club and hosted by Mr. Douglas Bereuter, president of The Asia Foundation (2004-2010).
The Future of United States – ASEAN Relations
Program co-sponsored by The Asia Foundation, Georgetown University's Thai Studies Program, and American University's ASEAN Studies Center featuring H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and member of The Asia Foundation's Board of Trustees.
U.S. Foreign Policy: Indian Diplomatic Delegation
Four-member delegation from India's Ministry of External Affairs to visit Washington, DC and participate in a study tour focused on U.S. foreign policy and its implications for the bilateral relationship with India. After a two-week course at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, the delegation undertook an observation program through New York City, New Orleans, Denver, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
U.S. Policy and the Korean Peninsula
U.S. Policy toward the Korean Peninsula report by the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force, directed by the Foundation's Center for U.S.-Korea Policy director, Scott Snyder; Closed-door workshops with U.S. and South Korean counterparts on North Korea contingency planning.
U.S.-ROK Workshop on Nuclear Energy and Nonproliferation
Closed-door workshops on U.S.-South Korea cooperation on nuclear energy and nonproliferation, held in collaboration with The Stimson Center and Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute; Special report on New U.S.-ROK Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: A Precedent for A New Global Nuclear Architecture.
United States-People's Republic of China-Japan Trilateral Dialogue
Thirteenth conference in a series held in Washington, DC that provided for an exchange of views among key officials and scholars in the American foreign policy community, and their Chinese and Japanese counterparts on issues of critical importance to the three nations.
United States–ASEAN Summit Strategic Dialogue Roundtable
Support for select participants from ASEAN member countries to attend this strategic dialogue roundtable held at American University that examined priority issues of concern for the United States and ASEAN nations.
Update on the Mindanao Peace Process
Roundtable discussion with The Asia Foundation's country representative in the Philippines, Dr. Steven Rood, who provided an update on the current status of the Mindanao peace process and the Foundation's role in the International Contact Group. Dr. Rood also discussed the political environment and the legacy of the Arroyo Administration.
"Afghanistan in 2009: A Survey of the Afghan People"
Washington D.C. launch of "Afghanistan in 2009: A Survey of the Afghan People" featuring The Asia Foundation's technical advisor & program officer and deputy country representative in Kabul. The speakers discussed the fifth comprehensive public opinion survey conducted in all 34 of Afghanistan's provinces, and was moderated by the director for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the United States Institute of Peace.
"Assessing Governance Trends in China: Law, Transparency, and Reform"
A discussion on implementing open government information regulations, the provision of legal aid, and the promotion of transparency and fair compensation in the land requisition process in China, featuring The Asia Foundation's country representative in China, and moderated by the director for China Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS/Asia Foundation Trustee.
Asian Perspectives Program
"What's Next for Pakistan?"
A panel discussion featuring three influential Pakistani analysts on poverty and economic policy, human rights and gender, and a widely read columnist in Pakistan. The panelists provided insights into the key challenges facing Pakistan and possible opportunities in light of the Obama Administration's Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy as well as the Kerry-Lugar and Berman legislation.
Asian Perspectives Program
"Global Integration, Global Crisis: Challenges and Prospects for Vietnam's Development"
A panel discussion featuring the head of the business law department at Hanoi National University, director of research for the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City, and The Asia Foundation's country representative in Vietnam. The panel provided insights into key challenges facing Vietnam's economy, legal reform and governance, and important factors in U.S.-Vietnam relations.
Emerging Issues - "Challenges to Political Development: What's Next for Thailand"
Luncheon discussion and presentation with the Foundation's country representative for Thailand providing firsthand insight and analysis of recent developments in Thailand, in particular political developments since the appointment of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in December of 2008, as well as Thai perceptions of their country's political divisions.
Emerging Issues - "Peace in Mindanao: Recent History, Public Opinion, and Prospect"
A discussion featuring the Foundation's country representative in the Philippines of the results of a complex series of scientific surveys launched by The Asia Foundation in the Philippines to gauge citizen attitudes, as well as the current situation in Mindanao and the prospects for peace. Dr. Richard Cronin of the Stimson Center, which hosted and co-sponsored the event, moderated the discussion.
Emerging Issues - Bangladesh: Rights, Security and Access to Justice
A luncheon discussion with the Foundation's former country representative in Bangladesh and current regional director for law and governance who focuses on law and human rights, governance, criminal justice reform, elections, and Islam.
Emerging Issues - Islam, Elections, and Politics in Indonesia
A discussion on the election results and broader trends within Islam in Indonesia, featuring the Foundation's country representative in Indonesia. The discussion topics also included trends in the country's politics and development, and how the Foundation works with Muslim organizations and women's groups to improve governance and further consolidate democracy within the country.
Emerging Issues - Update on Nepal
A luncheon discussion featuring the Foundation's former country representative in Nepal and current country representative in India, who spoke about current political events in Nepal including constitutional reform, as well as the impact of the global economic crisis in the country.
The Ellsworth Bunker Asian Ambassadors Dinner Series
The Honorable Kurt M. Campbell
The Ellsworth Bunker Asian Ambassadors Dinner Series, featuring Dr. Kurt M. Campbell, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, speaking on the topic of "U.S. Policy towards Asia under the Obama Administration."
The Ellsworth Bunker Asian Ambassadors Dinner Series
The Honorable Howard Berman
The Ellsworth Bunker Asian Ambassadors Dinner Series, featuring Congressman Howard Berman speaking on the topic of U.S. foreign policy towards Asia. Attendees included members of the Asian diplomatic community, The Asia Foundation Board of Trustees, and staff.
America's Role in Asia
Publication of findings and recommendations of companion reports entitled, America's Role in Asia: Asian and American Views, with public events in Washington DC and San Francisco, held to publicize and discuss key issues and trends in U.S.-Asian relations.
Asian Perspectives - "Can the Philippines Break out of its Affliction? Prospects for Democratic Governance, Economic Development, and Philippine-U.S. Relations"
Conference featuring Dr. Steve Rood, Country Representative for the Philippines, as a speaker; and Dr. Veronique Salze-Lozac'h, The Asia Foundation's Regional Economic Director in Cambodia as moderator. This event was co-sponsored with the Southeast Asia Studies Program of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and brought together American and Filipino government officials, scholars, experts, and watchers of Philippine affairs to exchange ideas on the prospects for political reform, economic development, and peace and security in Southeast Asia's oldest democracy. The meeting looked into the issues and problems concerning democratic consolidation, reform of the Philippine Armed Forces, economic development, internal armed conflicts, and the future of bilateral partnership between the Philippines and the United States.
Emerging Issues - Current Events in Nepal: Elections and Beyond
The Asia Foundation's Representative in Nepal, Mr. Nick Langton, discussed the next steps for the Nepalese parliament following Nepal's historic vote to abolish its 240-year-old monarchy on Tuesday, June 4, 2008. Mr. Langton also discussed the Foundation's role during the elections as observers and its attempts to cultivate civil-military relationships within the new Parliament.
Emerging Issues - Current Events in Thailand
A breakfast discussion featuring The Asia Foundation's Country Representative in Thailand, Dr. James Klein, provided first-hand insight and analysis on recent developments in Thailand since the elections of December 2007, including the current political climate and policy environment in the country and conditions in Southern Thailand.
Emerging Issues - Current Events in the Philippines
Discussion hosted by The Asia Foundation's Country Representative in the Philippines, Dr. Steven Rood, which focused on the current situation of socio-political conditions in the Philippines, and also provided insight into rido, and the Foundation's publication, Rido: Clan feuding and Conflict Management in Mindanao, the definitive reference book on clan violence and resolution in the Philippines.
Emerging Issues - Securing our Future: Mongolia's Natural Capital Conservation and Environmental Security
Luncheon presentation featuring The Asia Foundation's Country Representative in Mongolia, Mr. William Infante. Mr. Infante discussed Mongolia's natural resources and environmental future and the Foundation's new initiative, "Securing Our Future," which promotes environmentally responsible mining and protects human and environmental health by facilitating open, participatory, and productive discussions between stakeholders.
Emerging Issues - The Asia Foundation Co-Sponsored House Democracy Assistance Commission (HDAC) Dinner
A dinner in honor of the Afghan Parliamentary delegation under a House Democracy Assistance Commission, in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Near East South Asia Center that brought together Mongolian and Indonesian parliamentary delegations under the HDAC exchange.
The Ellsworth Bunker Asian Ambassadors Dinner Series
Senator James Webb
Dinner hosted by The Asia Foundation, featured Senator James Webb who discussed U.S. Foreign Policy and Southeast Asia. Attendees included members of the Asian diplomatic community, The Asia Foundation Board of Trustees and staff.
United States-People's Republic of China-Japan Trilateral Dialogue
Eleventh conference in a series that provided an opportunity for an exchange of views among key officials and scholars in the American foreign policy community, and their Chinese and Japanese counterparts, on issues of critical importance to the three nations.
United States-People's Republic of China-Vietnam Trilateral Dialogue
Second conference in a series that examined regional challenges facing East Asia and constructive ways for the three nations to resolve regional problems such as the environment and transnational crime.
ASEAN 40th Anniversary Seminar
Seminar examining the history, politics, economics, security and other relationships between the United States and ASEAN countries. Key policy makers and ASEAN Ambassadors in Washington met to assess the U.S.-ASEAN relationship in three panel discussions: U.S. Congressional views, Former U.S. and ASEAN Ambassadors, and the business sector. The event was co-sponsored by The Asia Foundation and the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.
Asian Perspectives - Challenges in South Asia: Afghanistan and Pakistan
Luncheon featuring The Asia Foundation’s Afghanistan Deputy Country Representative, Dr. George Varughese and then-Pakistan Country Representative, Mr. Hamid Sharif. The event was moderated by Ms. Ellen Laipson, President and CEO of the Henry L. Stimson Center and an Asia Foundation trustee. Dr. Varughese and Mr. Sharif provided an insight into the political developments in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Additionally, the luncheon included a presentation of the findings of The Asia Foundation survey, Afghanistan in 2006, the largest public opinion poll ever administered in Afghanistan.
Emerging Issues - 2006: A Year of Significance for Vietnam's Reform Agenda
Luncheon featuring The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Vietnam, Dr. Kim Ninh.
The focus of the discussion centered on achievements and challenges in the political,
economic, and social arenas in Vietnam.
Emerging Issues - Afghanistan: A Survey of the Afghan People
Breakfast discussion featuring The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Afghanistan, Dr. George Varughese. The discussion focused on the findings contained within The Asia Foundation’s publication: State Building, Political Progress, and Human Security in Afghanistan: Reflections on a Survey of the Afghan People, a compendium of Afghanistan in
Emerging Issues - Community Policing in Indonesia
Discussion with The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Indonesia, Dr. Douglas
Ramage focused on national police reform in Indonesia and the Foundation’s support of the Community Oriented Policing (COP) program, which assists police in their efforts to reform, improve services to citizens and reduce crime. This event was co-sponsored with the Henry
L. Stimson Center.
Emerging Issues - Constituent Assembly Elections and the Bumpy Road to a New Nepal
Luncheon discussion with The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Nepal, Mr. Nick
Langton focused on the issues facing Nepal and The Asia Foundation’s role in the transition
within the country related to governance and the constituent assembly.
Emerging Issues - Pakistan: Politics and Pitfalls
Luncheon discussion featuring The Asia Foundation’s former Country Representative in
Pakistan, Mr. Hamid Sharif. The discussion focused on the response to U.S. foreign policy
and the situation in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
Emerging Issues - Political Dynamics in Thailand
Breakfast discussion with The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Thailand, Dr.
James Klein. The discussion centered on developments in Thailand since the military coup on September 19, 2006, and Thai perceptions of the current political environment within the
Emerging Issues - The Progress of Democracy in the Philippines: Elections in Mindanao
The breakfast discussion with The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in the
Philippines, Dr. Steven Rood and Mr. Jon Lindborg, Mission Director for U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID) in the Philippines provided an update on the political and economic situation in the Philippines and the midterm elections in Mindanao.
The Ellsworth Bunker Asian Ambassadors Dinner Series
Dr. Mari Pagestu – Minister of Trade, Republic of Indonesia
Dinner hosted by The Asia Foundation featuring the Honorable Mari Pangetsu, Indonesian Minister of Trade, on the current status of the U.S.-Indonesia trade relationship. Attendees included members of the Asian diplomatic community, Asia Foundation Board of Trustees and staff.