The Leaderboard: Enggartiasto Lukita

Who is he? Enggartiasto Lukita has served as a lawmaker with the Nasdem Party in Indonesia’s House of Representatives since 2014. Before joining the newly-established Nasdem in 2013, Lukita was a long-time member of the Golkar Party, serving two terms…

Update on India’s States: August 23, 2016

Six states have ratified the GST amendment; hundreds of thousands of state government employees are getting large raises; Gujarat’s troubles continue as Dalits push for land; Lockheed will open a manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh and China Railway Rolling Stock…

CogitAsia Podcast: Sitrep on U.S.-Taiwan Relations

In this episode we assess the status of U.S.-Taiwan relations.  CSIS Senior Associate Dr. Robert Wang discusses how relations between Washington and Taipei have changed since 1979, reviews the Taiwan Relations Act (2:39), and explains how young Taiwanese are playing…

The Leaderboard: Gina Lopez

Who is she? Regina “Gina” P. Lopez is the chairperson of ABS-CBN Lingkod Foundation, the philanthropic wing of the Philippines’ ABS-CBN media corporation. Her work with the foundation has covered a number of environmental projects, including reforestation, river rehabilitation, and…

Update on India’s States: August 17, 2016

Two new territories join UDAY; multiple states are moving to allow the lease of farming land; Gujarat’s amended Land Acquisition Act becomes law; Delhi, Haryana, and Maharashtra are drafting new taxi policies; West Bengal’s new solar policy could reduce the…

Update on India’s States: August 10, 2016

The GST passes Parliament; Vijay Rupani sworn in as chief minister of Gujarat; the center pushes states to eliminate Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees; Delhi considers a large minimum-wage increase; Haryana is merging its discoms; Maharashtra allows denser development in central…

A Rare Television Address by Japan’s Emperor

By Michael J. Green & Nicholas Szechenyi — On August 8, Emperor Akihito of Japan, in a rare televised address to the nation, referenced his declining health and Japan’s aging society as segue to sharing his personal reflections “on a…

India: One Step Closer to a National Market

By Richard Rossow — On August 3, the Rajya Sabha (upper house of India’s Parliament) passed the Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014, allowing for the creation of a national “Goods and Services Tax” (GST). The vote came 15 months…