The government of Laos, or Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a one-party socialist state. The central government has been attempting to develop increased capitalist incorporation in response to globalization while als... More »

The countries of Asia feature a number of different types of government, the majority being republics of one type or another. These include democratic, theocratic and federal republics. In addition, there are countries w... More »

The number of autocracies in the world varies between studies depending on their methodologies, but a core group of autocratic regimes appear across the most influential studies. These include Cuba, Belarus, Eritrea, Syr... More »

The CIA's World Factbook defines a head of state as an individual who represents a government in a symbolic fashion but does not oversee the daily activities of a country. A head of government, on the other hand, oversee... More »

Vientiane is the capital city of Laos, and it is the largest city in the country. Vientiane has served as the capital since 1563, prompted by fear of an impending invasion by Burma. The city is a center of commerce and f... More »

Xi Jinping is the President of the People's Republic of China. He began his term in office on November 15, 2012, and he has called for a new flowering of Chinese power and culture called the "Chinese Dream." More »

Ngo Dinh Diem was the Roman Catholic who became president of the Republic of Vietnam in 1955. He was staunchly anti-communist and devoutly religious, which led to his assassination in 1963. More » Government & Politics Foreign Laws