The Leaderboard: Cory Gardner

Who is he? Cory Gardner is a Republican senator from Colorado. He defeated Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in the November 2014 midterm elections. Prior to his current position, Gardner represented Colorado’s fourth congressional district in the House of Representatives, and…

The Leaderboard: Nguyen Ba Thanh

Who is he? Nguyen Ba Thanh was a prominent and widely popular Vietnamese politician. His stature was built upon his dynamic and decisive leadership of the fast-growing and investor-friendly city of Danang in central Vietnam. A native of the city,…

The Leaderboard: Rui Araujo

Who is he? Rui Araujo is a leading member of Timor-Leste’s opposition Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN) party and an adviser in the Finance Ministry. He was health minister from 2001 to 2007 and also served as…

The Leaderboard: Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat

Who is he? Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (commonly known as Nik Aziz) is a prominent Malaysian politician and Islamic religious leader. He was the spiritual leader of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), one of the three parties that make…

Cautious Optimism on Religious Freedom in Vietnam

By Nigel Cory Vietnam’s government has often been criticized for its poor record on religious freedom, but recent events give rise to cautious optimism that small improvements are being made. Roman Catholic Pope Francis’ appointment of Vietnamese archbishop Pierre Nguyen…

The Leaderboard: Nathan Sheets

Who is he? Nathan Sheets has been the U.S. Treasury Department’s Under Secretary for International Affairs since his confirmation in September 2014. Previously, he was the Global Head of International Economics at Citigroup. Before that, he spent 18 years at…

The Too Quiet American in Asia

By Malcolm Cook Belying the oft-repeated stereotype of Americans in Southeast Asia as loud and self-promoting, the economic importance of the United States to the region is understated and underappreciated. American government representatives and business associations in the region should…

Thailand Steps Up Efforts to Tackle Trafficking

By Joshua Simonidis The U.S. State Department’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report dropped Thailand to Tier 3 status—the lowest level—for its failure to comply with minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking. Thailand had received waivers in both…

Anwar’s Jailing Tarnishes Malaysia’s Democracy

By Murray Hiebert & Nigel Cory The jailing of veteran Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy (for the second time) marks a turning point for Malaysia and Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration. The highest court’s rejection of Anwar’s final…

The Leaderboard: Ade Supandi

Who is he? Admiral Ade Supandi was until recently the general chief of staff of the Indonesian armed forces. He previously served as commander of the Western and Eastern fleets and governor of Indonesia’s naval academy. Ade hails from Bandung…