The Leaderboard: Serbini Ali

Who is he? Dato Paduka Serbini Ali most recently served as Brunei’s representative and head of mission of to the European Union and as ambassador to Belgium. Prior to that dual appointment in 2008, he was permanent secretary of the…

Update on India’s States: February 3, 2016

Winners of the first round of the Smart Cities competition were announced; Maharashtra gets rid of more regulations; Rajasthan sets a minimum wage for domestic workers; Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan join the center’s discom-revival scheme; and more. Center-State relations The…

The Leaderboard: Thongloun Sisoulith

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Who is he? Thongloun Sisoulith has served as a deputy prime minister of Laos since 2001 and concurrently as minister of foreign affairs since 2006. Born in Hua Phan province bordering on Vietnam and China, he studied in the Soviet…

Nowhere Is a Long Way from Australia in 2016

By Michael Sheldrick If nothing else, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to the United States in mid-January — his first as Prime Minister — served to highlight a simple fact: Australia matters. In 2016 the world’s most powerful country is…

Update on India’s States: January 27, 2016

This week, Maharashtra passes new policies reducing inspections, easing land transfer, and allowing direct sales by farmers to retailers; the center extends the deadline for implementing the Food Security Act again; Telangana is getting a National Investment and Manufacturing Zone; Uttar Pradesh extends industrial…