The Risks of Hudud to UMNO and Malaysia

By Nigel Cory The revived proposal to introduce hudud, or Islamic penal code, in Malaysia’s northeastern state of Kelantan by opposition party, Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), has touched off another round of heated debate about the role of religion…

The Leaderboard: Jonathan Stivers

Who is he? Jonathan Stivers is a senior adviser to U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), a position he assumed in 2011. Stivers has long been considered a key staff member in Pelosi’s office and a champion…

The Leaderboard: Mark W. Lippert

Who is he? Mark William Lippert is currently the special assistant to the Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel. Immediately prior to his current position, Mr. Lippert served as the assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs (2012-2013).…

By the Numbers: Taking Stock of Myanmar’s Reform Process

Myanmar’s government launched sweeping political and economic reforms in 2011. Together with domestic changes, Naypyidaw has raised its international profile, having hosted the 27th Southeast Asian Games and acting as the current ASEAN chair. With President Thein Sein’s current term…

The Leaderboard: Ajit Doval

Who is he? Ajit Doval is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s newly appointed national security advisor. A long-time intelligence operative and highly-decorated police officer, he formerly served as director of the Intelligence Bureau, India’s primary internal intelligence agency. Mr. Doval takes…

The Leaderboard: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Who is he? Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad is India’s new minister of Communications & Information Technology (IT). As such, he oversees the sector that has been a driver of U.S.-India business ties, IT Services. He also inherits policies on local…

The Leaderboard: Joe Natuman

Who is he? Joe Natuman is the newly-installed prime minister of Vanuatu. He was educated at the University of the South Pacific, and served as private secretary to the country’s first Prime Minister, Walter Lini. In 1995, he was elected…