A Bolder Vision for Australian Foreign Policy

By Olivia Shen — On 23 November, Australia released its first foreign policy strategy in more than a decade. Touted as a comprehensive framework to guide Australia’s international engagement over the next five to 10 years, the Foreign Policy White…

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…