• Status of democracy and regional cooperation in South Asia0

    M A Hossain       25/4/2018 Even two years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi was adored and admired as the icon of democracy and human rights. Recently, the same person has turned into a top villain of democracy and human rights. Lots of international organizations and institutions had already taken back the awards, prizes, and

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  • Kabul attack underscores security issues ahead of Afghan elections0

    The site of this weekend’s suicide bombing in Kabul. Photo: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images by Michael Kugelman       24/4/2018 The terror group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the April 22 attack on a voter registration site in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed more than 60 people. The tragedy followed four other election-related attacks, including the abduction

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  • Modi’s honeymoon period is over0

    by MICHAEL KUGELMAN April 22, 2018 For nearly four years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done something extraordinary: Despite confronting many problems and crises at home, he has managed to remain consistently popular. Recent developments, however, suggest that he is starting to lose his magic — and fast. Consider Modi’s many struggles. He has

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  • Maldives: Ahead of presidential polls, West going slow on Yameen?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy      24 April 2018 Through separate but related developments, involving the UNHRC and the EU, the international community (read: West) seems to have resigned to the possibility/inevitability of talking Maldivian democracy with incumbent Abdulla Yameen even after the presidential polls, scheduled for September-October. If it came to that, India as the immediate but recently-estranged

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  • SCO Ministerial Meeting 2018: Missed Opportunities for India and Pakistan?0

    by Bawa Singh, Ph.D.      23/4/2018 SCO Foreign and Defence Ministers Meeting are going to be held in Beijing (China) on 23-24 April 2018. The SCO (2001) has come into existence with the objectives of regional cooperation for the elimination of terrorism, fundamentalism, and secessionism. In due course of time, some other areas like education,

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  • Bangladesh: Tainted Judiciary0

    M A Hossain       24/4/2018 Britain is the oldest democracy, while the United State is one of the finest democracies in the world. Democratic systems also prevail in most of the European nations as well as that of the Australian continent. In Asia, we can see strong democracies in Japan, Republic of Korea, Taiwan,

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  • A CALCULATED MOVE TO WEAKEN JUDICIARY AND DESTABILISE INDIA0

        N.S. Venkataraman      23/4/2018 The move of some opposition political parties in India to impeach the Chief Justice of India is one of the worst incidents happening in India in the last several decades. No member of parliament has been irresponsible enough to vote for impeaching the Chief Justice of India in

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