Dr. V. Bruce J. Tolentino Appointed as The Asia Foundation’s Afghanistan Country Representative

Bruce Tolentino

Dr. V. Bruce J. Tolentino (Photo Credit: The Asia Foundation website)

The Asia Foundation has announced the appointment of Dr. V. Bruce J. Tolentino (EAPI 82 and member of the EWCA Northern California Chapter) as The Asia Foundation’s (next) Country Representative, Afghanistan, effective around June 15, 2011. Currently, Dr. Tolentino is the Foundation’s San Francisco-based Director, Economic Reform and Development (the Foundation’s Chief Economist), and has superb credentials and decades of senior level program, management, representational, and fund-raising/donor experience.

Bruce is a former cabinet-level official of the Government of the Philippines and a seasoned international development specialist, having worked for numerous international policy research and donor agencies, including, but not limited to, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and multiple agencies within the United Nations system. Having led and directed large scale and diverse programs and teams in challenging (in some cases extraordinarily challenging) environments in Somalia, Cambodia, Southern Philippines, Aceh and Myanmar, Bruce will bring a wealth of relevant field leadership and management experience to the tasks at hand in Afghanistan.

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EWC Research Program Director Visits Pakistan

EWC Research Program Director, Dr. Nancy D. Lewis delivered a special lecture on Globalization and health in South Asia, organized by the Sustainable Developing Policy Institute in Islamabad, Pakistan on January 12, 2011. Dr Abid Q. Suleri, Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Policy Insitute (SDPI), conducted the proceedings and underlined the need for efficient track II diplomacy among nations to effectively deal with the growing economic and social challenges across globe.

Dr. Lewis shared her experiences of South Asia with the audience and talked on various aspects of concern including Asia’s population issues, environmental challenges, globalization and Asia’s health. Citing some key figures of global and Asian health situation, she underlined that a safer future was both a collective aspiration and a mutual responsibility.

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East-West Media Line January 2011 Edition

The East-West Media Line has been updated with new posts for this January 2011.

Among the posts you can find:

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SPAN Magazine Features the East-West Center

SPAN magazine ObamaSPAN Magazine is a publication produced and maintained by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.  Since 1960, SPAN has linked India and the United States, offering articles from writers in both countries on culture, business, technology, education, health, social development, arts and achievements in U.S.-India relations.

Mike Anderson, a former East-West Center Ph.D. grantee and a former publisher of SPAN, authored the article Spanning U.S. and India:  Two 50-Year-Old Ideas Still Work to Promote Exchanges, which features the East-West Center and its role in fostering not only friendly relations between India and the U.S. but also between the East and the West.

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Photos from “Silk Road” Tour in Western China

The East-West Center in partnership with China Discovery Tours organized an all-inclusive tour that featured historic sites along the “Silk Road” in Western China, and also included the cities of Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai.

Between September 27th and  October 16th, 2010, a total of 28 participants visited 8 beautiful cities in China and over 40 touring sights. 20 started in Bejing and 8 joined the group in Urumqi.

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Chinese and American Journalists Meet In Inaugural Exchange Program

Source: East-West Center News

Travel and dialogue program is designed to deepen public understanding of the two countries and their relationship

Seven Chinese and seven American journalists are meeting at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i this week for a mutual dialogue culminating a new journalism exchange program in which each group visited the other’s country and are now comparing impressions.

The Chinese journalists traveled to Washington, D.C., New York City and Los Angeles, while the U.S. journalists visited Beijing, Chengdu and Hong Kong. Both groups met with government officials, community and business leaders, educators, local journalists, and others to gain insights on diverse issues and perspectives that shape the relationship between the two countries.

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EWC Senior Fellow on the perception of environmental risks among Pacific Islanders

This March 8, 2010 the online science magazine, EarthSky, published an interview with Dr. Finucane, in which she discusses the perception of environmental risks among Pacific Islanders.

This interview is part of the EarthSky Interview series.

Dr. Melissa L. Finucane’s current research interests focus on understanding judgment and decision making by citizens and policy makers about environmental and health risks such as climate change and avian influenza in the Asia-Pacific region.

She is a senior fellow at the East-West Center, working mainly with the Environmental Change, Vulnerability, and Governance group, and has published in numerous journals.


East-West MediaLine


The EWC Seminars Department media program recently launched a new e-newsletter and website called East-West MediaLine as a resource for journalists.

See: http://forum.eastwestcenter.org/medialine/

It’s edited by Media Programs Coordinator Susan Kreifels and David Briscoe, who recently retired as news editor of the Associated Press office in Hawaii.

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EWC Graduate Fellow Sugato Dutt (GDF 04-09) is recipient of APCG Conference Award

Congratulations to Sugato Dutt on his award!

EWC Graduate Fellow, Sugato Dutt with Poltu Rava, a member of the community near the Buxa Tiger Reserve in North Bengal.

His paper entitled “Masked by the tiger: an evaluative study of rural livelihoods and conservation values in Northeast India” was presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers held at San Diego, California from Sept. 30th to Oct 3rd 2009. This paper was one of the results of his field research project at the Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal State in India, while working on his dissertation, “Crafting the Conservation Landscape: Resource Use and Participatory Forest Management in the Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal.”

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East-West Center Delegation Visited South Asian Countries

By Kamal Raj Sigdel (APLP, 08-09)

Sigdel, a journalist based in Kathmandu, was an EWC fellow from Nepal for the Asia Pacific Leadership Program 2008/09.

Karen Knudsen and Mary Hammond with Alumni from the EWCA Kathmandu Chapter.

As part of the East-West Center’s move to strengthen its ties with Nepal and other South Asian countries and to prepare grounds for the Center’s 50th anniversary in 2010, an EWC delegation completed its four-day visit to Nepal from Sept. 12 to Sept. 15, 2009.

The delegation, which arrived in Kathmandu on Sept. 12, 2009 completing its similar programs in Dhaka, Bangladesh, organized and participated in number programs among EWC alumni and other prospective students and researches in Kathmandu.

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