The Leaderboard: Charles Maung Bo

Who is he? Charles Maung Bo has been the Catholic archbishop of Yangon since 2003. He began his ecclesiastic career in 1976, serving as a priest and then prefect in Lashio in northern Shan State. He was elevated bishop of…

The Next Two Years in Korea

By Victor Cha What must the administration contend with in its remaining two years in office on the Korean Peninsula? First, the United States is likely to see the next series of North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests. These…

Vietnam: Open Secrets on the Road to Succession

By Jonathan London The normally opaque Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam has made a public splash with its recently concluded 10th Central Committee plenum. The stakes are high and carry implications not only for Vietnam’s development but…

China in 2015: What to Expect

CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies Christopher Johnson sat down with Shannon Tiezzi of the Diplomat to discuss what to expect from China’s leaders in 2015. They discuss Xi’s continuing anti-corruption campaign, a stated commitment to developing the “rule by…

Modi’s Development Agenda: The Smart City Concept

By Samir Nair During India’s historic election campaign last year, then candidate Narendra Modi pledged to build 100 smart cities across India. Since taking office, Modi’s government has allocated $1.2 billion to this initiative. Last June, Modi said that, “cities…

The Leaderboard: Lu Wei

Who is he? Lu Wei is the charismatic head of China’s State Internet Information Office (SIIO), a position he has held since 2013. In May 2014, Xi Jinping appointed him to serve concurrently as office director of the powerful Central…