CogitAsia Podcast: China’s Five-Year Plan

In this episode, we assess China’s latest Five-Year Plan. For China no document has reflected the legacy of its Soviet-style economic planning and Marxist-Leninist system than the release every five years of a new, comprehensive blueprint for social, economic, and…

Tumultuous Road Ahead For Turnbull in Australia

By Jonathan Bogais — It took more than a week after the federal election on July 2, but Australia finally has a new government, albeit a minority one. The challenges Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull now faces are daunting. The very…

Update on India’s States: July 13, 2016

Eight states to build renewable energy transmission network from Tamil Nadu to Rajasthan with support from German bank KfW, World Bank to provide $290 million credit to improve livelihood opportunities in Bihar, new major port development in Tamil Nadu, West…

Political Analyst Slain in Cambodia

By Abby Seiff — On the morning of July 10, political analyst Kem Ley was gunned down at his local café in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. An analyst and social researcher, Kem Ley was a media mainstay. For foreign newspapers, he…

Japan’s Upper House Election

By Michael J. Green & Nicholas Szechenyi — On July 10, Japan’s ruling coalition won a comfortable victory in elections for the Upper House of the Diet (parliament), solidifying Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s political power as he seeks to implement…

CogitAsia Podcast: India’s Drug Trafficking Problem

In this episode we investigate India’s drug trafficking problem. South Asia’s traditional opium and heroin networks are now complemented by the rise in abuse of synthetic precursor chemicals. Large volumes of each type of narcotics are smuggled from and through…

Update on India’s States: July 7, 2016

U.S. undersecretary of state Thomas Shannon met with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, NCAER offers new study on investment potential of states, Maharashtra’s plan to increase labor flexibility hits union buzzsaw, Andhra-Tamil Nadu dam dispute escalates, Telangana government delegation…