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…

Conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Scott Miller & Matthew P. Goodman The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the central economic component of the administration’s pivot, or rebalance, to Asia. A completed TPP would create the largest free-trade area in which the United States participates, representing…

The Leaderboard: Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Who is she? Carrie Hessler-Radelet is the newly confirmed director of the Peace Corps. Nominated by President Barack Obama in July 2013, she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 5. Hessler-Radelet served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching…

Advancing the Rebalance in Southeast Asia

By Murray Hiebert & Greg Poling The year 2015 provides the Obama administration with new opportunities in Southeast Asia to reinforce and bolster the rebalance to Asia. Myanmar In Myanmar, the United States should expand its support and training efforts…

The Leaderboard: Manasseh Sogavare

Who is he? Manasseh Sogavare was elected prime minister of the Solomon Islands for the third time on December 9, 2014. He first succeeded to the office in June 2000, when the rebel Malaitan Eagle Force took Prime Minister Bartholomew…