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…

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…