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  • COVID-19 VACCINATION IN BANGLADESH: A RACE AGAINST TIME0

    April 26, 2021 by Abdullah Ar Rafee The COVID-19 pandemic has relentlessly spread across Bangladesh, which now finds itself in the middle of the global epicenter of the virus—South Asia. Among the available alternatives, the country has been using the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, procured from the Serum Institute of India under the name CoviShield. While the country has

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  • BANGLADESH 2020 YEAR IN REVIEW: A STORY OF RESILIENCE & RECOVERY0

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    • January 14, 2021

    December 22, 2020 by Abdullah Ar Rafee South Asia Voices The pandemic has dominated the headlines in 2020, impacting all facets of the economy and society in Bangladesh. The government had a head start for its COVID-19 preparations, as the first case was not confirmed until March 8. However, the government failed to capitalize, with cases soon

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  • Gilgit-Baltistan: China’s Golden Opportunity0

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    • October 19, 2020

    October 8, 2020 by Hamna Tariq South Asian Voices Since Gilgit-Baltistan acceded to Pakistan in 1948, it has demanded provincial status. However, due to its colonial association with the disputed region of Kashmir, an unfortunate remnant of British divide-and-rule strategy, its demands for provincial recognition and constitutional rights had fallen on deaf ears. Pakistan claimed

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  • RUSSIA-TALIBAN BONHOMIE: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR INDIA?0

    September 26, 2019 by Carl Jaison While the United States and Taliban have failed to negotiate a peace deal, Russia is rapidly gaining leverage in Afghanistan. Moscow, increasingly wary of U.S. military presence at its Central Asian doorstep, has established ties with the Taliban and supported the group’s role in Afghanistan’s political affairs. Moscow’s primary interests in the region, however, are motivated by concerns over the ensuing

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  • From Kargil to Balakot: Southern Asian Crisis Dynamics and Future Trajectories0

    The Stimson Center www.stimson.org 15 May 2020 Two decade review: South Asia crises will likely escalate further & faster as escalation pressure and crisis management challenges grow Project Part of the Crises & Consequences in Southern Asia Project Program South Asia Download PDF File By Sunaina Danziger  ·  Grace Easterly  ·  Zeba Fazli  ·  Gillian

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  • Can Bangladesh Sustain its Growth Momentum?0

    April 22, 2020 by Abdullah Ar Rafee Bangladesh has stood among the fastest growing economies in the world for over a decade, and has experienced consistent growth rates of over five percent since 2004. For 2020, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) forecasted a growth rate of eight percent, the highest among all countries in the

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  • The Political Impact of India’s Removal of Jammu & Kashmir’s Special Status1

    August 19, 2019 by Sarral Sharma On August 5, the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government announced major changes in Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted “special status” to the state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), including the Ladakh region. Revoking this special status to fully integrate J&K into India has been

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