Update on India’s States: June 9, 2016

Rajya Sabha elections take place on June 11; Andhra Pradesh is the likely new home of the Westinghouse nuclear power plant; Gujarat announces its start-up policy for the IT industry; Karnataka suspends Uber and Ola; Rajasthan repeals hundreds of obsolete…

Laos’s Chairmanship of ASEAN: A Delicate Balancing Act

By Samuel Glickstein — Laos assumed the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in January 2016, and with it the responsibility for maintaining ASEAN unity. However, maritime disputes in the South China Sea threaten Vientiane’s ability to…

Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to Washington

By Richard M. Rossow — From June 6 until June 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will make his fourth visit to the United States since becoming the prime minister in May 2014. While leader-level summits between the United…

Update on India’s States: June 2, 2016

Karnataka amends its land acquisition law to make it easier to buy land for infrastructure; Andhra Pradesh signs first ever 99-year lease (with an option to buy); the Union Cabinet approves 13 new Smart Cities and 6 new IITs and…

Aging & Japan’s Economy

By Zhonghe Zhu — With a median age of 46.5 years, Japan is now home to the world’s oldest population. Without  rising labor force participation, a graying Japan will see its working population shrink. This decline in the labor force…