On November 8th, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi executed his very own ‘financial surgical strike’ when he appeared on national television four hours before midnight and announced to the public that, at the stroke of the midnight hour, all Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes in circulation would cease to be legal tender. In place […]

Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo is the prime minister of Timor-Leste, a position he has held since 2015. A physician by training, he served as both the Minister of Health from 2001-2006 and the Deputy Prime Minister from 2006-2007.  What is something most people do not know or are surprised to learn about Timor-Leste? People are surprised […]

Indonesia, with its over 240 million practicing Muslims, is usually devoid of much of the instability that plagues the also-predominantly-Muslim Middle East. Its moderate policies and lack of frequent terrorist activity is often regarded as a shining testament against the assumption that Islam lends itself to violence. However, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a radical […]

Help wanted: Facebook is seeking a Head of Public Policy in Bangkok, Thailand. Responsibilities include monitoring Thai politics, working with the government and private sector partners regarding technology policy, promoting the use of Facebook, and communicating Facebook’s policy agenda to national leaders. With this vaguely defined job opening, the company looks to add to its […]

Since his inauguration this past June, the potent combination of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s theatricality, popularity, and policies have put the international diplomatic community on edge. While Duterte is perhaps most widely known for his blunt and vitriolic rhetoric regarding other world leaders and their countries, his actions within the Philippines constitute a much greater […]

At age 23, Nathan Law Kwun-chung, a leader of the student protest movement in Hong Kong against perceived mainland Chinese overreach, became the youngest person ever to win a seat in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. But Hong Kong’s legislative elections, which were held on September 4, were notable for more than Law’s success at the […]

The legacy of foreign involvement in Afghanistan is both extensive and controversial. Whether referring to Soviet manipulation of the state during the Cold War or the continued American presence in the country — arguably the symbol of broken foreign policy promises by the Obama Administration — Afghanistan’s past has been shaped by outsiders. However, while discussion on the impact of intervention in Afghanistan is crucial to understanding the country’s place in the global system today, it is important to note […]

For any major power looking to grow its influence, Kazakhstan is a hidden gem. While short on name recognition, the Central Asian republic has the second largest uranium reserves in the world, also coming in sixth in iron, eighth in coal, and twelfth in oil. It is the ninth largest country in the world by land area, […]