• China’s disappointing aid offer dashes Pakistan’s hope of debt rescue0

    • Blog
    • February 12, 2019

    Loans Beijing promised fell short of what Islamabad needs to build up reservesADNAN AAMIR, Contributing writer February 11, 2019 18:24 JST Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Beijing in November to request financial help.   © Reuters QUETTA, Pakistan — Disappointment is spreading in Pakistan over an unexpectedly small amount of financial help from China,

  • Intervention: Same Old, Same Old?0

    • Blog
    • February 12, 2019

    Shutterstock by Gordon Adams    12 February 2019 Not only is the Trump administration not normal, its foreign policy reveals an administration in turmoil with several foreign policies being pursued at the same time. No wonder the world is confused about what American policy is. Policy-making in this administration is clearly a jump ball. This is especially clear when

  • Shah’s Son Says Iranian Regime ‘Close’ To Collapse, Calls For ‘Civil Disobedience’0

    • Blog
    • February 12, 2019

    Last Updated: February 12, 2019 By RFE/RL’s Radio Farda WASHINGTON — The son of the Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, says Iranian society is close to a “flash point” like it was before the 1979 Islamic Revolution and that the government in Tehran is near collapse. Reza Pahlavi, the exiled former crown prince


  • Bangladesh’s robbed elections and debauched democracy; A Model for Aspiring ‘Democratic’ Autocrats?0

    By Dr. Esam Sohail     12 February 2019 In present-day Bangladesh, telling blunt truths about government shenanigans can result in long residence behind bars. Ask globally renowned photojournalist Shahidul Alam, he will tell you. This gentleman dared telling truth and he ended up in jail without any valid reason except that he unearthed government’s brutalities in global public space

  • Exercise Aman, 2019: Understanding Peace0

    by Ubaid Ahmed 11 February 2019 The great exponent of sea power, the American naval strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan, who died in 1914, is still read with attention by political leaders and their military advisers today. “Control of the sea,” he wrote in 1890, “by maritime commerce and naval supremacy, means predominant influence in the

  • Flash Points of River Water Wars2

    by Narindra Nath Bhatia 11 February 2019 Wars are as old as mankind. Some of the other races, societies, classes, religions, economic, trade and states for known or unknown reasons or grievances have fought wars. Many non-violent means for peace resulted in conflicts. While strong societies and nations often wage wars on weaker counterparts many

  • Unpacking the Belt and Road Initiative: What Is It and Where Is It Going?0

    February 5, 2019 By Michael Kugelman   Wilson Center The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s mammoth and globe-girdling infrastructure and trade corridor project, represents one of those rare watershed developments for international affairs—something so big and consequential that it is impossible to ignore, no matter where in the world one might be sitting. The scale alone is

  • The Great Language Movement of Bangladesh: Some Reflections0

    by Taj Hashmi 10 February 2019 The “Language Movement” of erstwhile East Bengal/East Pakistan – presently, Bangladesh – was more than a language movement, it was a cultural-political movement for Bangladesh. No wonder, even after the Pakistan Constitution of 1956 had guaranteed Bengali as one of the two state languages along with Urdu, East Bengalis

  • BRICS New Development Bank in Changing World Economic Order0

    by Manoj Kumar 10 February 2019 The New Development Bank (NDB) is a multinational bank established by member states namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, specifically as per Agreement of the NDB, “the Bank shall support public or private projects through loans, guarantees, equity participation and other financial instruments.” Also, the NDB “shall cooperate with international organizations and

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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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