Ambassador William Milam is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC and a former US diplomat who was Ambassador to Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Chief of Mission in Liberia.
William Milam TFT Issue: 25 Jan 2019 The ‘state of exception’ is more likely to have been the basis for modern authoritarianism than of democracy, writes William MilamFacebookTwitterGoogle+WhatsAppEmailPrintFriendlyShare21 I write this on Monday, January 21, which in the US is a holiday celebrating the birth and the life of Martin Luther King (MLK). Outside, theREAD MORE
William Milam 11 Jan 2019 Sheikh Hasina’s creeping authoritarianism is likely to resume and intensify, writes William Milam The Awami League (AL) has finally proven what many outside observers had thought since 2011: a free and fair election is not possible in Bangladesh under its current political structure. The December 30 election appears from the resultsREAD MORE
William Milam 27 December 2018 The Christmas season is upon us in the West, in fact has been on us for weeks, if you go by the decorations in the stores and the invitations to bargain sales. And ringing out everywhere, at least in Washington, is the traditional (though not-so-ancient) carol “Deck the Halls withREAD MORE
by William Milam 14 december 2018 Jatiya Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain speaks to the press after the inauguration of the alliance’s office in Dhaka’s Purana Paltan on December 5 The Daily Star newspaper in Dhaka has published a report on the contents of the draft election manifesto of the coalition of opposition partiesREAD MORE
William Milam 30 Apr 2018 Is Bangladesh heading toward more acute political instability and renewed internal violence? The Awami League government faces allegations of a concerted persecution of its opponents I had thought of writing again this week about the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM). It has had an interesting two weeks since I wrote aboutREAD MORE
The gamble in the Middle East and the gamble in Bangladesh Readers will understand that I am exercising heroic self-restraint by limiting my remarks on the recently-completed Nuclear Framework Agreement to two paragraphs. It is, to quote London’s Financial Times (FT) a “singular” achievement, and in my view another possible inflection point in the modernREAD MORE