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    Ali Riaz

    Ali Riaz is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Illinois State University, USA. He was the Department Chair between 2007 and 2017. He previously taught at universities in Bangladesh, England and South Carolina; served as a Broadcast Journalist at BBC in London, and was a Public Policy Scholar at Woodrow Wilson International Centers for Scholars at Washington D.C.

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  • What sort of democracy do the people of Bangladesh want?0

    Ali Riaz 03 Apr 2021   Prothom Alo Prothom Alo illustration Autocratic governments are gaining ground in various countries of the world. In many countries the governments are doing away with democratic norms despite coming to power on public mandate. There is also a move to promote the idea that democracy has no hard and fast

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  • Bangladesh: Leaving the most vulnerable behind0

    Ali Riaz 11 April 2020 Dhaka Tribune A disaster on many levels / REUTERS Unless people at the bottom can benefit from relief measures, Bangladesh will not be able to recover from the Covid-19 crisis The Bangladeshi government’s $8 billion stimulus package, about 2.5% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), primarily focuses on industries,

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  • Modi’s canceled Bangladesh visit is an opportunity0

    by Ali Riaz      19 March 2020 India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina before their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, October 5, 2019. REUTERS/Altaf Hussain Bangladesh’s decision to cancel the public celebration event of ‘the Mujib centennial’ due to public health concerns after the detection of

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  • Bangladesh: A Year of Paradoxes1

    Ali Riaz December 30, 2019 The Daily Star YEAR END SPECIAL A Year of Paradoxes The most appropriate description of the year 2019, particularly of Bangladeshi politics, is perhaps a dialogue in Act 3, Scene 4, of the Twelfth Night of William Shakespeare: “If this were play’d upon a stage now, I could condemn it

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  • Two contexts of influx from India0

    The Daily Star  December 01, 2019 Two contexts of influx from India People check their names after the publication of the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the Morigoan district, Assam, on August 31, 2019. PHOTO: AFP Ali Riaz The influx of people from India crossing the borders to Bangladesh in the

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  • NRC in Assam: What Happened? What’s Next?0

    by Ali Riaz September 08, 2019 The bizarre phenomenon called updating the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, completed under the auspices of the Indian central government with direct supervision of the Indian Supreme Court, which made 1.9 million people stateless citizens, has engendered strange events to date and indicates the likelihood of stranger

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  • Kashmir: Revoking Article 370: Why now?1

     Ali Riaz 16 August 2019 More than a week has passed since Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution have been scrapped by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. The complete communication lockdown in Kashmir, imposed in the wake of the abrogation, is still in place; curfew is yet to be lifted in some places; leaders

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