Update on India’s States: December 6, 2017

Rajasthan and USAID launch the world’s first health impact bond; Madhya Pradesh proposes a massive budget supplement to address rural distress; Uttar Pradesh totally revamps its power tariff structure; Karnataka begins to sign wind power contracts; and more. Center-state relations…

The Leaderboard: Sun Chunlan

Who is she? Until November 7, 2017, Sun Chunlan served as the director of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the central Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Born in 1950, she studied at the Anshan Institute of Iron and Steel…

India in Trump’s Asia

By Sarah Watson — On the surface, President Trump’s first visit to Asia was not about India. Delhi was not on the agenda, and India is not a full member of the regional groupings (ASEAN and APEC) whose summits were…

CogitAsia Podcast: Xi Runs this Town

In this podcast, we take a deep dive into the outcomes of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Party Congress. Now that the dust has settled following Xi Jinping’s resounding win, we turned to two leading China-watchers to analyze the implications…

Update on India’s States: November 15, 2017

Himachal elections see record turnout; Karnataka allows IT workers to unionize; Delhi struggles with toxic air; Telangana offers instant licenses to commercial establishments; and more. Center–State relations The central government launched Phase II of the BharatNet project, which aims to…

U.S.-China Competition in Outer Space

In the 10 years since China’s first successful anti-satellite test, the vulnerability of essential U.S. space systems has been underscored and competition in outer space has resumed. How has the United States responded? What are the implications for strategy and…

Ranking India’s Most Entrepreneur-Friendly States

By Sarah Watson — In November India will host the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad. This piece is the third in an occasional series exploring the climate for entrepreneurship in India, what the Modi government has done to promote…

Update on India’s States: November 1, 2017

Gujarat elections announced for December 9 and 14; Punjab raises power prices, while Odisha declines to; Madhya Pradesh ranks top on an index of digital governance; Telangana gets approval to raise its debt limit; and more. Center-State relations The center…