High Stakes Hang in Najib’s Reform Agenda

By Nigel Cory Prime Minister Najib Razak deserves credit for his perseverance in pursuing an often difficult political, economic, and social reform agenda, notwithstanding the daunting task of helping Malaysia cope with the loss of its second passenger plane in…

The Leaderboard: Lee Byung-kee

Ambassador Lee Byung-kee

Who is he? Lee Byung-kee, 67, was nominated to be the director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) on June 10, 2014. Before his nomination, he has been the Republic of Korea (ROK) ambassador to Japan since June 4, 2013.…

India’s Potential Crackdown on Foreign NGOs

By Rasika Gynedi Speculation has been rife over the possibility of a clampdown on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) by the government of India. Several foreign-funded NGOs have recently been highlighted by the government for their alleged role in “negatively impacting” economic…

India – Iran relations: A Balancing Act

By Rasika Gynedi India’s foreign policy priorities under the new Modi government with respect to the usual partners, neighbors, and competitors are still emerging. However, little attention has been paid to India’s relations with Iran. India faces continued challenges in…

The Leaderboard: Mallikarjun Kharge

Who is he? Mallikarjun Kharge was recently chosen to be the leader of the India’s Congress party in the Lok Sabha. He represents a constituency in Karnataka as a member of parliament. He previously headed the Railways and Labour and…

The Risks of Hudud to UMNO and Malaysia

By Nigel Cory The revived proposal to introduce hudud, or Islamic penal code, in Malaysia’s northeastern state of Kelantan by opposition party, Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), has touched off another round of heated debate about the role of religion…

The Leaderboard: Jonathan Stivers

Who is he? Jonathan Stivers is a senior adviser to U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), a position he assumed in 2011. Stivers has long been considered a key staff member in Pelosi’s office and a champion…

The Leaderboard: Mark W. Lippert

Who is he? Mark William Lippert is currently the special assistant to the Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel. Immediately prior to his current position, Mr. Lippert served as the assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs (2012-2013).…

By the Numbers: Taking Stock of Myanmar’s Reform Process

Myanmar’s government launched sweeping political and economic reforms in 2011. Together with domestic changes, Naypyidaw has raised its international profile, having hosted the 27th Southeast Asian Games and acting as the current ASEAN chair. With President Thein Sein’s current term…

The Leaderboard: Ajit Doval

Who is he? Ajit Doval is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s newly appointed national security advisor. A long-time intelligence operative and highly-decorated police officer, he formerly served as director of the Intelligence Bureau, India’s primary internal intelligence agency. Mr. Doval takes…