• Bangladesh; The road to March 1971: Birth Pangs of a Nation0

    by R. Chowdhury 27 March 2019 March 1971 carries a special significance for Bangladeshis. This eventful month saw the culmination of the Bengalis’ movement for self-realization and independence. It also saw Pakistan’s heinous military crackdown on the unarmed Bengalis of then-East Pakistan with far-reaching consequences: Pakistan lost its significant half. BackgroundAfter the Awami League, under

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  • Sri Lanka: Throwing baby out with bath water0

    N. Sathiya Moorthy  26 March 2019 In the end, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution purportedly giving the Nation two more years to bother about 30/1 of 2015 has helped avoid further embarrassment for the sponsors. By co-sponsoring the toothless extension resolution (as proved over the past three years), Sri Lanka now has

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  • It’s high time for India to reconsider its Legal Framework on Refugees0

    Sreekar Aechuri 26 March 2019 As per UNHCR, India roughly hosts 2,07,000 refugees in various parts of the country.[i] It hosts diverse groups of refugees from Tibet, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Somalia, Afghanistan etc. Despite hosting a large population of refugees from diverse backgrounds, India does not have a legal framework for the refugees and is

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  • Bangladesh: From Democrat To Dictator0

    “Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked.” —-The Prince (1532), by Niccolo Machiavelli On December 30 2018, Sheikh Hasina Wazed won her third consecutive win in the 11th. general parliamentary election of Bangladesh.

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  • New and emerging concerns in Indian Ocean neighbourhood0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 25 March 2019  In the midst of the post-Pulwama air-strikes and bilateral tensions involving Pakistan, most of India missed out another critical news item. In an ‘advisory opinion’ as different from a verdict, The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) said the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean belonged to Mauritius, and

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  • A US-Afghanistan spat with troubling implications0

    Michael Kugelman March 22, 2019 Before assuming his current position as Afghanistan’s national security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib was his country’s ambassador to the US. On March 14, while speaking to reporters in the city where he previously served as Afghanistan’s top diplomat in America, he made some decidedly undiplomatic remarks. Mohib’s comments — and the

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  • Civilizationism vs the Nation State0

    By James M. Dorsey 24 March 2019 Edited remarks at Brookings roundtable in Doha A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr Many have framed the battle lines in the geopolitics of the emerging new world order as the 21st century’s Great Game. It’s a game that

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  • Saudi-Iran conflict threatens to flare in Pakistan0

    Sabena Siddiqui March 21, 2019 ARTICLE SUMMARY Recent Saudi investments in a Pakistani port near the border with Iran are likely to irk Tehran, but Islamabad’s strategic ties to both Tehran and Riyadh make it a prime contender to ease the tensions. Illustration by Ed Woodhouse/Al-Monitor The decades-old rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran has re-emerged

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  • Autocratization: Is Bangladesh ahead or behind schedule?0

    Where there are waves, there must be retreats, writes William Milam by William MilamMarch 22, 2019 Two Swedish political scientists have just published a fascinating study of the continuing growth of authoritarianism, which seems to have been renamed “autocratization.” Google defines autocratization as the reverse of democratization, i.e. going from a democratic political system or

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  • UN Environment, Google, EC partnership effective to depoliticize water crisis in South Asia0

    Bilal Ahmad Pandow 22 March 2019 This year the theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’ and goes hand in hand with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-six which is ‘water for all by 2030’. However, the ground reality in South Asia appears gloomy and too far to achieve the SDG-6 as

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  • Sri Lanka; U TURNS ARE DIFFICULT0

    byAsanga Abeyagoonasekera 21 March 2019 “…members of the foreign policy elite are rarely held to account, they were able to make the same mistakes again and again.” Stephen M.Walt on US foreign policy USA and Sri Lanka need to recalibrate their respective foreign policies.  On both ends of global power scales, I suspect the world

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  • The aftermath of Pulwama Attack: A Fearful Story of Kashmiris0

    By: Roohul Amin Malik 21 March 2019 The anger of killing the army jawans in Pulwama attack was felt in the whole India. Many questions regarding the lack of intelligence were discussed in the social media platforms. Even questions of mis-governance were also debated. The environment of fear has been created in many states of

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  • Bangladesh; DEMOCRACY IN PERIL1

    by F R Chowdhury 20 March 2019 I was very upset with news from Bangladesh. For last few months we often come across news that someone somewhere in Bangladesh is arrested or jailed for passing unacceptable remark against the prime minister or for making any sort of cartoon of the prime minister. I am grateful

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  • Sri Lanka; JVP’s concerns about Tamil livelihood0

    N. Sathiya Moorthy Ceylon Today 19 March 2019 Sad but true, and the disconnect is showing. Even as the JVP’s Bimal Rathnayake was talking about Tamil ‘war widows’ and arguing their case in Parliament, TNA Leader R. Sampanthan was still on the political track.  Rathnayake was reportedly talking about the plight of ‘women-headed’ war victim families in

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