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The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation. Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC.

The Asia Foundation leads the X-Border Local Research Network. As part of the programme, it commissions research in the borderlands of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and the maritime border area between the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. A primary focus of this research is to document the effects of state intervention, policy changes and other events on the livelihoods of border populations, patterns of trade and cross-border movement, and security dynamics.

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Programme Manager
Nathan Shea

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Senior Programme Officer
Tabea Campbell Pauli

The Asia Foundation

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Research Lead
Azeema Cheema

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Research Lead
Jessica Olney

The Asia Foundation

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Researcher
Khine Win

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Research Lead
Starjoan Villanueva

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Our research

PODCAST

23rd January 2023

In this podcast The Asia Foundation, the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, the Rift Valley Institute, and their local research partners dis...

NEWS

26th October 2022

Addressing securitization in conflict zones in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia

PODCAST

4th October 2022

Over decades of conflict and instability, the border town of Torkham, one of the main crossing points between Afghanistan and Pakistan, has found a wa...

BLOG

25th August 2022

In August 2022 it will be five years since the start of one of the world’s most severe humanitarian crises, yet the political and security dynamics su...

BLOG

29th July 2022

Joint bulletin from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center about recent research and activities....

EVENT

14th July 2022

As part of the Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) program, the X-Border Local Research Network held a report launch event to ex...

RESEARCH REPORT

23rd June 2022

This report aims to amplify a grounded understanding of the everyday reality of communities in fragile border areas, and how conflict shapes their liv...

RESEARCH REPORT

27th May 2022

A report by Kachinland Research Centre explores the political, economic and conflict dynamics along Myanmar’s northeastern border with China

RESEARCH REPORT

31st March 2022

Learnings from working with Rohingya residing in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

BRIEFING PAPER

17th March 2022

Recognizing that members of affected populations are central to the development of insights for analyzing the impacts of conflict and local research, ...

BRIEFING PAPER

15th March 2022

This briefing paper builds on an empirical study of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the health, economic status, and mobility of wage laborers and ...

BRIEFING PAPER

15th December 2021

Joint bulletin from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center about recent research and activities.

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