• Why the Commonwealth Games still matter0

    Fireworks go off at the opening ceremonies for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Nicole W. Forrester, Ryerson University There was a buzz of excitement in the air for athletes, coaches and volunteers — and for me — when the 2018 Commonwealth Games started with spectacular opening ceremonies in

  • Rohingya losing faith in militant groups0

    Refugees question motives of groups like Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, as mission to end oppression leads to attacks that thwart peace talks Thangkhali Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on March 19. Security analysts have called for the strict surveillance of Rohingya camps to curb the possibility of poor and vulnerable refugees being radicalized. (Photo by

  • The Ankara Summit Serves Iran’s Regional Policy0

    Kaveh L. Afrasiabi         5/4/2018 This week’s Ankara summit, featuring the presidents of Turkey, Russia, and Iran, is focused on Syria and transpires within the tripartite Astana framework that has been in existence since January, 2017 and has led to the “de-escalation zones” in Syria. It is preceded by a bilateral Russia-Turkey meeting,


  • Rohingya crisis: this is what genocide looks like0

    Alicia de la Cour Venning, Queen Mary University of London The world is witnessing a state-orchestrated humanitarian catastrophe on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. The latest UN figures show a staggering 370,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since August 25. An unknown number have perished. Around 26,000 non-Muslims have also been displaced. This is just the latest

  • Signs of hope in the Middle East? Don’t hold your breath0

      By James M. Dorsey Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife, and debilitating regional rivalries. The Islamic State (IS) is on the cusp of territorial defeat in Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia may be groping for an exit from its

  • Memorandum From Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS)0

      Dear Members of the visiting Congress delegation, KCSDS is an Advocacy Centre and the largest civil society formation in the state. It highlights and carries out advocacy on all issues of economic, social, cultural, environmental and political nature It also acts as a watchdog on the government. In other words, it builds an opinion

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  • Bangladesh awaits the most important election in December this year

    By Abdur Rahim   10 December 2018 In December this year, a free and fair election – a rarity in Bangladesh since 2008 – will determine whether the country will follow the path of democracy or authoritarianism. This was the key topic of discussion at the South Asia Journal Special Launching and Seminar at the Woodrow

  • 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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