FES in Asia

FES in Asia runs activities that help promote social justice, shape the economy of tomorrow, and enhance cooperation for freedom and security. At the heart of our work is a worldwide network of offices through which FES conducts educational and advisory activities and facilitates dialogue in over 100 countries. Jointly with our partners across the region, the FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia (ORCA) in Bangkok, Thailand, leads our regional activities in the areas of international affairs, tomorrow’s global order and economy, and communications.

Latest news and events from Asia


China’s expanding engagement with the United Nations development pillar

The selective long-term approach of a programme country superpower.


The parallels between Russia and China don’t wash in Asia, there is a need to bridge the gap

Diverging views on the Russian invasion of Ukraine dominated the conversations during the visit to Europe by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s Asia Strategic Foresight Group, in particular regarding the significance of any parallels with dominant states in other regions.


The ‘Zeitenwende’ and resetting Europe-Asia Relations

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been seen by the West, in particular in Europe, as a threat to its conception of the world order. But this view is not shared in Asia-Pacific, where the assessment is more nuanced. Imposing a binary response of with-us-or-against-us on countries in the region ignores their own geopolitical realities, and risks alienating them.


The conflict in Ukraine and Thailand’s cost of living crisis

The country’s most vulnerable are stuck between a rock and a hard place.


“Women are leading effectively and efficiently any time they are given the opportunity”

An interview on empowering women in Pakistan’s local politics with Shad Begum.


Climate justice: Youth inherit loss and damage

Young people attending the COP27 climate summit in Egypt are calling for loss and damage compensation to cope with the irreversible impacts of climate change.


China's global health diplomacy

In its pursuit to reform the international order, Beijing views third (developing) states as its main allies and health diplomacy as an essential tool to build international coalitions.


Cities as places for transformation

What are the roles of cities in social-ecological transformation?


Mongolia in the New Geopolitics of Asia

Mongolian experts and thought-leaders analyze the geopolitical and geo-economic dynamics that may shape the country’s future and discuss the strategies on how it can manage these challenges.


Why Asia needs ‘just climate finance’

We are now facing not just a climate crisis, but also an inequality crisis. COP27 must address both challenges by financing a just climate transition.

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