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  • A Road to Reconciliation in Sri Lanka0

    March 17, 2021 By Celina Cramer Sri Lanka’s bitter, 30-year civil war continues to cast shadows of grief, loss, and sectarian tension over an ethnically diverse population of Sinhalese Buddhists, Tamil Hindus, Muslims, and Catholics. As the country attempts to navigate the post-conflict period, there is no more urgent task than restoring inclusiveness and social

  • Books for Children in Nepal’s Mother Tongues0

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    • September 30, 2020

    September 30, 2020   Asia Foundation By Shreya Paudel, Ritica Lacoul, and Shameera Shrestha FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrintShare Nepal is an extremely diverse country, with 126 castes and ethnicities and many cultural, religious, and linguistic groups and subgroups. The number of languages spoken in Nepal is still uncertain. The 2011 census recorded 123 distinct languages, but several more were

  • Personal Profile: From Guns to Dialogue in Nepal0

    March 18, 2020 By Shreya Paudel To our readers: As the COVID-19 emergency unfolds around the globe, the health and safety of the communities where we work is our top priority.  As we protect and care for one another, we are working hard with our partners, grantees, and staff to continue the Foundation’s important programs

  • Afghanistan’s Borderlands: Unruly, Unruled, and Central to Peace0

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    • January 22, 2020

    The Asia Foundation January 21, 2020 By Adrian Morel In Games without Rules, author and former Asia Foundation colleague Tamim Ansary argues that bringing rural Afghanistan under centralized rule has been the defining challenge of the Afghan state since the reign of Ahmad Shah Durrani in the 18th century. He debunks the colonial myth of


    January 2, 2019 THE YEAR AHEAD IN ASIA Happy New Year, and welcome to the first edition of InAsia for 2019. In our last issue we looked at some of our top stories from the year just ended, stories that chronicled the successes and failures, the triumphs, and the tribulations of 2018 through the eyes

  • Tackling the Backlog in Pakistan’s Courts0

    August 29, 2018 By Abbas Hussain FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmailPrintShare In his old age, a longstanding property dispute became the bane of Abdul Hamid Khan’s existence. The father of four sons and three daughters in Punjab’s Rahimyar district, Khan had been left, like Shakespeare’s King Lear, without a roof over his head. It was a dispute over land

  • By the Numbers: Is Afghanistan’s Democracy at Risk?0

    August 15, 2018 By Mohammad Shoaib Haidary FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmailPrintShare Today, the Taliban continue to fight government forces in Afghanistan, recently launching major attacks such as those in Ghazni and demonstrating the persistence of the challenges at hand. But recall that after the Taliban government was ousted in 2001, Afghanistan made great strides towards democratization, rebuilding its political

  • The Price of Power: The Political Economy of Electricity Trade and Hydropower in Eastern South Asia0

    August 15, 2018 By Aditya Valiathan Pillai, Sagar Prasai FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmailPrintShare Grand experiments in geopolitics often begin by cautiously testing new ways of doing things. Sovereign states calibrate and then recalibrate their visions by expanding and aligning interests with their neighbors, with the hope that the sum of what is achieved is greater than its parts. Recent actions

  • Pakistan’s Water: A Political-Economy Perspective0

    June 20, 2018 By Farid Alam (This article originally appeared, in longer form, in Hilal, the magazine of the Pakistan Armed Forces. It is reprinted by permission.) Pakistan receives average rainfall of not more than 250mm per year, making it one of the most arid and most water-stressed countries on the planet. A 2016 WaterAid

  • By the Numbers: Freedom of Expression and Voter Turnout in Afghan Elections0

    June 20, 2018 By Fahim Ahmad Yousufzai Elections in Afghanistan, a hallmark of Western aid to that country, have been marred repeatedly by voter fraud. With the next round of parliamentary elections now delayed until October, fixing Afghanistan’s voter registry is an increasingly urgent priority for the Afghan government. But the success of democratic governance

  • Nepalese Labor Migration—A Status Report0

    June 6, 2018 By Nandita Baruah and Nischala Arjal Like so many citizens in countries facing shrinking economic opportunities at home, many Nepalis have sought employment abroad, and international labor migration has become an accepted avenue for economic growth, both for the individual and for the nation. Nepal’s political and socioeconomic systems are in a

  • Managing Change in Myanmar: Policymaking after Dictatorship0

    May 23, 2018 By Matthew Arnold As Myanmar’s fitful democratic transition moves forward, many observers are torn between early, high hopes for the end of military rule and a growing pessimism about wider democratic, economic, and social reforms. In the international community, much of this pessimism is a result of the dire and well-publicized situation in

  • Finding the Hidden Potential Within Bangladesh’s Garment Factories0

    May 9, 2018 By Mowmita Basak I first met Afroza Khatun in my cramped, makeshift interview room after her 10-hour shift at a garment factory outside of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, had ended and she was nervously preparing to take a university entrance exam. Like all the women I met at the factories, I start by

  • Is Peace with the Taliban Possible?0

    By Mohammad Shoaib Haidary     April 25, 2018 From March 25-27, delegations from across the region and around the world gathered in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, in an effort to broker peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. While there have been dozens of similar attempts in the past, these were emboldened by a strong offer on


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