• Shifting Middle Eastern sands spotlight diverging US-Saudi interests0

    By James M. Dorsey     9 December 2018 A series of Gulf and Middle East-related developments suggest that resolving some of the Middle East’s most debilitating and devastating crises while ensuring that efforts to pressure Iran do not perpetuate the mayhem may be easier said than done. They also suggest that the same is true for

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  • Interests and Roles of Elites in forging National Identity0

    by Manoj Kumar Mishra    9 December 2018     Nationalism engenders a sense of distinctive identity and autonomy based on the Enlightenment idea of human freedom that enables people to survive in a modern world in which unpredictable change has become the norm. While, in the medieval world, the feudal states invoked religion and cultural resources

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  • Bangladesh: Inclusiveness and equality can boost economic growth0

    Dr. Shamsul Alam | Published: December 07, 2018  December 3 was celebrated globally as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). Originally, annual observance of the IDPD was proclaimed for the first time in 1992, through a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly. The day has been observed over the years to improve

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  • US Senate resolution potentially changes Middle East dynamics0

    By James M. Dorsey        6 December 2018 A draft US Senate resolution effectively portraying Saudi policy as detrimental to US interests and values and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “complicit” in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if adopted and implemented, potentially could change the dynamics of the region’s politics and create an initial exit

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  • Beijing’s Perspectives on its Rise and Concerns of the West0

    by Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra   4 December 2018 Although the recently concluded G-20 Summit in Argentina has brought a temporary trade truce between the US and China, the fault lines between the two powers are more geopolitical and possibly last longer. Arousing such geopolitical concerns, Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier not only clearly articulated Beijing’s desire for

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  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes2

      By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah*    4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced

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  • Sri Lanka: ‘War crimes probe’ by another name0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  3 December 2018 Even as the nation continues to be immersed in the current constitutional crisis of unprecedented proportion, possibly for any country in the democratic world, Sri Lanka has set another record – dubious or otherwise is for the future to decide! A subordinate court in Fort, Colombo, has remanded the

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