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


Pakistan’s labour movement: a reality check

Trade union membership in Pakistan is no higher than at independence in 1947, causing the country and its citizens to miss out on the potential benefits of a strong labour movement. The political and other restraints on workers’ organizations need addressing as a matter of urgency.


China's role in multilateral arms control

As a player in global security politics, China is here to stay. A new analysis by FES explains what this means for arms control dialogue.


Watch: South Korea and the new geopolitics of Asia

Experts share their analysis of what the changing geopolitical landscape in Asia means for the Korean Peninsula.


Pakistan’s devastating floods are a call for climate action

An interview with FES partner Khadim Hussain Mirani about relief efforts, the climate crisis, and the challenges for workers and local economies in the aftermath of the floods in the Sindh province of Pakistan.


Analysing women and work in South Asia

Latest research unveils key issues and opportunities for women and the future of work in South Asia.


The new geopolitics of the Pacific Island nations

What makes foreign interests in the Pacific Islands grow and what does their engagement mean for the future of the small island nations?


Urban spaces – green spaces – inclusive spaces

A regional review on the social-ecological transformation of cities in Asia.


Kathmandu's rapper revolution

Recent local elections in Nepal have brought a number of independent candidates into office. Among them is Balendra Shah ‘Balen’, Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s new rapper mayor who has raised major social issues in his music and politics. But will he be able to deliver?


COVID-19 crisis and women in Asia

Gender-specific impacts, policy responses and women’s agency in context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia.


Thailand needs to work more closely with the public if it hopes to pull of its just energy transition

Thailand's current practices and policies only include some of the elements that will be needed to achieve their ambitious commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2065-2070.

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