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    William Milam

    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.

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  • All The King’s Men0

    As Trump comes under increasing pressure from House Democrats for what appear to be illegal acts, he is blindly defended by Republicans in Congress, writes William Milam by William Milam March 8, 2019 Two friends sent me last week a video from an Al Jazeera TV show called Head to Head, a similar to the

  • Historical ironies; William Milam wonders if Sheikh Mujibur Rahman really understood what he had set in motion0

    by William MilamFebruary 22, 2019 About two years ago, when a friend and I were discussing Bangladesh politics and history over dinner, he mentioned to me a puzzling historical factoid: the last act of the effort to save a United Pakistan took place in Dhaka in March 1971. It involved tense and difficult negotiations between

  • Bangladesh: It ain’t over ‘til it is1

    by William Milam February 8, 2019 It will be a hard and maybe painful uphill slog to rebuild a coherent opposition in Bangladesh, writes William Milam Last Friday, February 1, the well-known and regarded weekly news magazineThe Economistconsigned Bangladesh to permanent authoritarianism, a political malady that has lately seemed to overwhelm the immune system of democracies.

  • The decline and fall of democracy0

    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, the

  • Bangladesh elections: Civilian coup d’état1

    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 results

  • ‘Tis not the season to be jolly; U.S. Government shut down and Bangladesh elections0

    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 with

  • Bangladesh Elections: The rhymes of history0

    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 parties

  • The new and real Bangladesh paradox0

      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 about

  • Pascal’s wager in real time

    Pascal’s wager in real time0

    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 modern


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