Building a Better Deal with China

By Daniel H. Rosen & Scott Kennedy — With Chinese vice premier Liu He coming to Washington, D.C. this week to engage in trade negotiations with his U.S. counterparts, this is an important time to take stock of the U.S.-China…

Where is Japan’s “Pink Wave”?

By Sophie Osborn — Earlier this month, a record number of women were sworn into the new U.S. Congress. Globally this seems to be a time of change for women in politics, with one notable exception: Japan. On October 2,…

Update on India’s States: January 24, 2019

Chhattisgarh withdraws from center’s Ayushman Bharat health insurance program; Maharashtra raises taxes on power sales for industrial and commercial consumers in Mumbai; Sikkim opens India’s second-largest healthcare facility; Jammu and Kashmir to issue state bonds to raise $490.7 million to…

U.S.-Japan Trade Talks: What to Expect

By Matthew P. Goodman & Ann Listerud —  The United States and Japan are scheduled to launch formal trade negotiations soon. The precise timing is unclear: although a statutory 30-day waiting period after publication of the U.S. negotiating objectives ended on January…

CogitAsia Podcast: Building Bihar

In this episode, we focus on the Indian state of Bihar. Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Modi – a key leader in the BJP – and Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary of Health for Bihar – the state’s head technocrat…

Update on India’s States: January 16, 2019

West Bengal withdraws from Ayushman Bharat program; Maharashtra forces transportation employees back to work after a strike; Tripura suspends mobile data services in the entire state for two days; Sikkim is first state to offer Universal Basic Income; Gujarat and…

Update on India’s States: January 9, 2019

Andhra Pradesh adopts the states Solar Power Policy, 2018, which outlines a goal of installing 18 GW of renewable energy by 2022; New Delhi invokes the Essential Services Maintenance Act for the supply and distribution of electricity ahead of a…

Update on India’s States: January 3, 2019

Maharashtra increases salaries for state government employees; President Kovind bifurcates High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad into separate High Courts for Andhra Pradesh and for Telangana; Uttarakhand becomes first state to offer universal secondary and tertiary health coverage for all…

Update on India’s States: December 28, 2018

Andhra Pradesh cabinet approves a Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy; Gujarat waives $89 million in unpaid electricity bills; Gujarat ranks first in a new index ranking the start-up ecosystems of Indian states; Delhi offers compensation for residents who suffer unscheduled power…