• Hasina, the ODI and human rights in Bangladesh0

    Is the reputable, and supposedly independent, Overseas Development Institute helping the Bangladesh government to enforce here in London the draconian restrictions that journalists experience in Bangladesh? And is it, in light of how ODI dealt with a question from a Channel Four News journalist at the meeting itself, protecting the prime minister from having to

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  • Rolling back militancy: Bangladesh looks to Saudi in a twist of irony0

    By James M. Dorsey      15/4/2018 Bangladesh, in a twist of irony, is looking to Saudi Arabia to fund a $ 1 billion plan to build hundreds of mosques and religious centres to counter militant Islam that for much of the past decade traced its roots to ultra-conservative strands of the faith promoted by

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  • South Asia Journal wants voluntary Assistant Editors0

    PositionTitle: Assistant Editor, South Asia Journal South Asia Journal seeks several Assistant Editors for daily posts in the website and also for the quarterly print issue of the magazine covering South Asian strategic, political and economic issues. The ideal person will have some online publishing experience, with an interest and background in the affairs of

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  • Redefining the secular mode for India0

    By Romila Thapar   18/1/2018 17 January 2018 India needs to own its historical secularism, rather than reject it as an alien concept, to move the country towards more just governance. Flickr / M. Aditya Bharadwaj Let us begin with the assumption that we want a secular society in India. How then would one define it?

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  • Afghan army to collapse in six months without US help: Ghani0

      Anwar IqbalUpdated January 18, 2018 WASHINGTON: President Ashraf Ghani has said that the Afghan National Army will not last more than six months without US support and the Afghan government will also collapse. Mr Ghani acknowledged his government’s almost absolute dependence on Washington in an interview to a television show CBS 60 Minutes, broadcast

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  • Trade agreement: Pakistan for FTA with Pacific South East nations0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal ______ Pakistan aims initiate negotiations with Pacific and South East Asian nations on a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to enhance multilateral trade. Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines in the Pacific region are among the countries in the list to start a dialogue on Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) which will pave

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  • State, Secrecy And CPEC0

    December 1, 2017 By Sadia Kazmi Ever since the inception of the idea of CPEC, it has been embroiled in controversies with regards to its viability, alleged provincial preferences, never-ending debate about cost and benefit and above all for the lack of transparency. Intentionally or unintentionally, the ruling party in the Government has resorted to

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