Update on India’s States: February 15, 2017

Maharashtra formally reduces the scope of key labor law, exempting units with less than 50 employees; Election dates for three Legislative Councils announced; Rajasthan expands its experiment with privatized power while Madhya Pradesh breaks new tariff records with its recent…

In Tamil Nadu, All Politics is Local

By the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies — When Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa died in December, she was eulogized by then-U.S. ambassador Richard Verma “for her service to Tamil Nadu and as a supporter of closer ties between…

The Abe-Trump Summit: Aiming for the Fairway

By Michael J. Green, Matthew P. Goodman, Nicholas Szechenyi, & David Parker — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the United States later this week for a two-day summit meeting with President Trump aimed at reaffirming the importance of the…

Update on India’s States: February 8, 2017

Goa and Punjab go to the polls; Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Madhya Pradesh are big winners in the annual railway ministry budget; Haryana inaugurates a single-window system for industrial clearances and raises its electricity taxes; Karnataka can now track…

Update on India’s States: February 1, 2017

DIPP reduces action points for its ranking of states’ business environments; Tata Power has implemented a micro-grid in Bihar; key Gujarat power distribution utility misses renewable target; Ola & Uber declared illegal in Karnataka; Shiv Sena & BJP separately contesting…

CogitAsia Podcast: Secret War in Laos

The U.S. bombing campaign and paramilitary support for anti-communist forces in Laos during the 1960s and 1970s took place almost entirely out of the public eye. The full scope of the conflict and its impact on Laos has only come…

Update on India’s States: January 26, 2017

GST to be rolled out by July 1; Chandrababu Naidu attends the World Economic Forum in Davos; Samajwadi and Congress party form alliance to contest Uttar Pradesh elections; the second unit of Kudankulam nuclear power project attains 100 percent generation…

Prepare for a Stormy 2017 in the South China Sea

By Gregory Poling — Beijing’s behavior over the last six months has not been what many expected after the Philippines’ sweeping arbitral victory in July. There has been no new island-building, no blockade of Filipino marines stationed at Second Thomas…