• Pakistan Reflects on Nuclear Achievement in Run Up to Election0

    June 4, 2018 | Bennett Seftel Photo: iStock/India-Pakistan Wagah Border Closing Ceremony Bottom Line:   Pakistani citizens are heading to the polls next month in a public display of democracy and choice. Yet, with Pakistan’s military continuing to play a leading role in the country’s political affairs, it seems that the upcoming elections will once again

  • Rohingya reluctant to return home despite UN deal0

    Myanmar authorities accused of trying to divert attention from atrocities committed by its military Rohingya refugee Jokhir Ahmend at Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh, where 700,000 Rohingya Muslims are preparing for the monsoon season. (Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP) John Zaw, Mandalay Myanmar June 1, 2018 A deal between the Myanmar government and United Nations agencies has

  • India ‘insincere’ about seeking peace in Kashmir0

    Separatist groups insist Pakistan must be part of any talks if the long-running conflict is to end Indian security personnel and protesters clash following a gun battle between security forces and suspected rebels in Srinagar in Kashmir on May 5. (Photo by Habib Naqash/AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar India June 1, 2018 India’s renewed offer to hold

  • 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


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  • India and China must deepen their relations to sustain the vision of the Asian Century

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra, 12 October 2019 While the second informal meeting between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping takes place at Mamallapuram, in the Indian city of Chennai after the two leaders met last time in China’s Wuhan in April last year, some attempts need to be considered in order

  • Abrar Fahad killing: Bangladesh student was beaten for four hours

    9 October 2019 BBC Bangladesh student protests A Bangladeshi undergraduate student killed in his dormitory on Sunday days after criticising the government online was beaten for several hours before he died, witnesses told the BBC. Fellow students say Abrar Fahad was taken from his room around 20:00 (14:00 GMT) and beaten at least four hours.

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