Ensuring Asia’s Maritime Security

By John Hamre As President Obama travels on a crucial trip to the region for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, East Asia Summit, and G-20 meeting, the United States and all of the countries in the region are faced…

The Leaderboard: Retno Marsudi

  Who is she? Retno Marsudi was until this week Indonesia’s ambassador to the Netherlands. She has been a career diplomat since 1986 and has served in a number of positions, including as a press attaché in Australia, director for…

India Shrugs Off the End of Quantitative Easing

By Rasika Gynedi On October 29, 2014 the United States Federal Reserve Bank announced the conclusion of its unconventional bond-buying program, called “Quantitative Easing (QE),” which was created after the onset of the 2008-09 financial crisis. The Fed began to…

Protecting Cambodia’s Resettled Asylum Seekers

By Joshua Simonidis Australia’s immigration minister Scott Morrison and Cambodia’s interior minister Sar Kheng signed a controversial agreement on September 26 to resettle in Cambodia asylum seekers currently detained in Australian offshore facilities. In exchange for taking on a potentially…

The Leaderboard: Carrie Lam

Who is she? Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is the Hong Kong government’s Chief Secretary for Administration, the highest administrative position below Chief Executive CY Leung. She joined Hong Kong’s civil service in 1980 after obtaining a social science degree from…

Breaking Down India’s Bilateral Engagements

By Samir Nair Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of formal high-level meetings in September 2014 with the leaders of key global players such as China, Japan, the United States, and Australia. The chart below compares the major deals…