Update on India’s States: September 21, 2016

Andhra Pradesh attracted the most bank-financed investment of any state last year, while Maharashtra became the most indebted state; Madhya Pradesh is opening anti-corruption desks in government bureaus; the center and states could trade tax officials to implement the GST;…

The Leaderboard: Busaya Mathelin

Who is she?  Busaya Mathelin is a veteran diplomat currently serving as Thailand’s ambassador to Belgium and head of mission to the European Union. Earlier, Busaya served as ambassador to Spain and Senegal and was director-general of the European Affairs…

In His Own Words: Rodrigo Duterte & the United States

By Conor Cronin — Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has had a reputation for inflammatory and crude remarks since long before voters in the Philippines elevated him to the presidency on May 10. In recent weeks, however, much of that incendiary…

Update on India’s States: September 14, 2016

The GST amendment officially becomes law, and the center notifies establishment of the GST Council; states will have greater flexibility in how they use central welfare and development funds; Bangalore engulfed in protests over Cauvery River water-sharing; Bihar approves a…

The Leaderboard: Marciano Paynor

Who is he? Marciano Paynor, Jr. currently serves under Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte as chief protocol officer of Malacañang Palace. He held the same post under former presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Fidel Ramos. In 2015, Paynor led the National Organizing…

The Leaderboard: U Than Htay

Who is he? U Than Htay most recently served in the Myanmar government as minister of rail transportation in Thein Sein’s Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) government from 2013 until August 2015, when he stepped down for an unsuccessful…