BJP’s Road to Reform: Bihar Matters

 By Sunita Kambhampati Since winning the Lok Sabha elections last year, the ruling BJP has set its sights on winning state elections. Controlling state governments is critical for carrying out legislative reforms, as it will allow the party to strengthen…

By the Numbers: Indonesia’s Investment Quest

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has set out to attract more investment to Indonesia’s manufacturing sector and infrastructure projects. This includes creating a better business environment and drastically upgrading the country’s ports, roads, rail, and other support infrastructure. But upon taking…

CogitAsia Podcast: AIIB Dustup

This week we discuss the U.S. reaction to China’s new infrastructure bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Simon Chair Deputy Director Amy Studdart describes the bank’s origins, explains why Washington’s critique of its allies for joining AIIB has proven…

By The Numbers: Cyclone Pam Wreaks Havoc

On March 13 tropical Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, causing widespread damage across the archipelago nation in the South Pacific. Vanuatu’s president Baldwin Lonsdale said the Category 5 storm “wiped out” all economic development Vanuatu has seen in recent years and…

Getting Rights Right at Vietnam’s Crossroads

By Jonathan D. London Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s upcoming visit to Washington comes at a critical juncture for Vietnam and a time when a confluence of domestic, regional, and geopolitical factors are giving increasing salience to…

LAND 400: A Strategic Army for Australia?

By Andrew Smith The Australian government recently released a request for tender to supply reconnaissance vehicles for the army. This purchase is Phase 2 of Project LAND 400 that aims to refresh most of the army’s ground combat vehicle fleet.…

The Leaderboard: Bambang Brodjonegoro

Who is he? Bambang Brodjonegoro has been the finance minister of Indonesia since October 2014. He was a vice minister of finance during the administration of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Before entering government in 2011, Bambang served as a…