Update on India’s States: January 18, 2017

Coca-Cola to invest $110 million for bottling plant in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka’s new solar target is 6,000 MW by 2021, Telangana joins regional connectivity scheme, Cisco to introduce digital classrooms in women’s colleges in Rajasthan, Maharashtra government opens 500 wireless…

The Leaderboard: U Thaung Tun

Why is he in the news? U Thaung Tun was appointed Myanmar’s national security advisor on January 10. The new post created by the President’s Office was established, “to advise the president and the Union Government on internal and external…

Information & Its Consequences in North Korea

By CSIS’s Beyond Parallel Staff — Key Findings: 91.6 percent of North Korean respondents consume foreign media at least once each month. 83 percent of respondents said they found outside goods and information to be of greater impact on their…

Update on India’s States: January 12, 2017

Telangana, Assam, and Tamil Nadu bring the complement of UDAY states to 21; the BJP continues to perform well in local elections; Maharashtra proposed to remove a major hurdle in the land acquisition process; Haryana creates a commission to simplify…

The Leaderboard: Zulhasnan Rafique

Who is he? Zulhasnan Rafique was recently appointed Malaysia’s fifteenth ambassador to the United States. Zulhasnan steps into this post from a diverse background, having served as an air force pilot, a parliamentarian, a businessman, and an academic. Earlier in…

Reading the Quetta Commission Report in Delhi

By Sarah Watson — India has managed to avoid or overcome many of the counterterrorism quandaries that plague neighboring Pakistan. But India’s comparatively positive record in this area should not lead to complacency. Many of the challenges with which Pakistan…

Driving toward Innovation in India’s Bus Systems

By Alisha Sud — Amid increasing domestic pressure to alleviate chronic traffic congestion on India’s heavily-traveled roadways, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has sought to reprioritize public transportation and highway projects across the country. The 2016 Union Budget, released in…