The Leaderboard: Rizal Ramli

Who is he? Rizal Ramli, an economist and politician, is Indonesia’s new coordinating minister for maritime affairs. He has served twice in previous cabinets, first as the coordinating minister for economic affairs from 2000 to 2001, and then as minister…

The Leaderboard: Rodrigo Duterte

Who is he? Rodrigo Duterte is the mayor of Davao city in the southern Philippines, a position he has held off-and-on for 21 years. Under Duterte’s tenure, Davao went from one of the Philippines’ least safe cities to one of…

CogitAsia Podcast: Assessing Abe’s Statement

Our feature interview this week covers Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement of August 15, the seventieth anniversary of Japan’s surrender in the Second World War. CSIS Senior Vice President and Japan Chair Dr. Michael Green joins to discuss the statement’s…

Possible Implications of the Bangkok Bombing

By Desmond Walton The horrific bombing in central Bangkok on August 17 was the worst attack ever suffered by the Thais and will likely have a 9/11-type impact on the country’s internal security policies. The attack is a huge setback,…

The Leaderboard: Abu Wardah Santoso

Who is he? Abu Wardah Santoso is the leader of the East Indonesia Mujahideen, or MIT, a terrorist group based near Poso in the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi. Santoso has pledged his organization’s support for the Islamic State. Santoso’s…

By the Numbers: Indian Independence Day

With India’s Independence Day observed on August 15, we examine the history of India’s independence and growth since 1947 by looking at the numbers: 68 The number of years since India gained independence from the British Empire on August 15,…