• The Maldives: Lessons for Small States in a Changing World0

    No. 092/2018 dated 4 June 2018 The Maldives: Lessons for Small States in a Changing World By Han Fook Kwang Synopsis The Maldives is facing both internal political turmoil and external challenges from the changing geopolitical landscape in the Indian Ocean. There are lessons here for small states seeking to protect their sovereignty. Commentary THE

  • Bangladesh: Extrajudicial killing fears in drug crackdown0

    More than 30 alleged drug dealers killed in the past week in ‘shootouts’ with police amid rights activists’ warnings. by Faisal Mahmud     22 May 2018 Members of the Rapid Action Battalion guard a street during an operation in Dhaka in January [File: AP] MORE ON BANGLADESH Bangladesh‘s security forces have killed more than 30 alleged drug dealers

  • Bangladesh 2017 Human Rights Report0

    Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh Executive Summary According to its constitution, Bangladesh is a secular, democratic people’s republic. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League (AL) party that she led assumed power in 2009. The 2014 parliamentary elections that resulted in the prime minister and AL’s re-election were

  • US Report Highlights Concerns about Religious Freedom in South, Southeast Asia0

    By BenarNews staff on May 29, 2018 Buddhist monks in Thailand took to social media to call for violence against Muslims last year, the United States government said Tuesday in its latest annual report on curbs to religious freedom worldwide. The U.S. State Department also highlighted concerns about issues affecting minority groups in Malaysia, Indonesia,

  • Bangladesh: 112 Drug Suspects Killed in Gunfights with Police in 2 Weeks0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on May 29, 2018  Bangladeshi police have shot dead at least 112 suspected dealers since the middle of May in an all-out war on drugs, the nation’s home minister said Tuesday, the day a dozen suspects died in alleged gunfights during anti-narcotics operations. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told BenarNews that

  • New Evidence for China’s Political Re-Education Campaign in Xinjiang0

    By: Adrian Zenz May 15, 2018  This article is condensed from a longer paper, available for download here. Since summer of 2017, troubling reports in Western media outlets about large-scale detentions of ethnic Muslim minorities (including Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz) in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have multiplied (RFA, May 4). These reports include substantial anecdotal


  • Cyber Securitization: Need of the Hour for Pakistan0

    by Ahyousha Khan November 24, 2017 Security ensures survivability of a state. No state in history has survived without securing itself. However, what is security for a state is debatable. But, most states consider they are secure if their physical boundaries are intact. Nevertheless, the invention of information technology and cyberspace has considerably changed these

  • China’s One Belt One Road Initiatives: India’s Concern and Balancing Act0

      INTRODUCTION One Belt One Road (OBOR) is China’s ambitious and expansionary project announced by Chinese government led by President Xi Jinping in 2013, instantly after elected as a President of People’s Republic of China. This policy emphasized or designed to enhance connectivity and economic interaction between countries of the three continents including Asia, Europe

  • South Asian Nuclear Problem0

    by Syed Zain Jaffery November 23, 2017 In over a decade, India has expanded its nuclear weapons capability, especially after getting a civil nuclear cooperation deal from the United States in 2008. India got this deal as result of a policy shift in the U.S. administration, and that was more likely to contain the emerging China.

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  • End of Year Editorial; Evolving Political Dynamics in South Asia

    By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes

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

      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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