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  • India, Bangladesh and three dying rivers0

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    • October 22, 2018

    Dam building and pollution have turned these transboundary rivers into dirty sludge, unable to sustain life Fisherman Gurudayal Haldar says rampant pollution in the Atreyee River has cause a drastic fall in catch (All photos by Gurvinder Singh) Gurvinder Singh, October 19, 2018 Gurudayal Haldar, 62, has been a fisherman for the past five decades

  • Arms and influence in the Khashoggi affair0

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    • October 20, 2018

    President Donald Trump shows a chart highlighting arms sales to Saudi Arabia. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Russell E. Lucas, Michigan State University President Donald Trump’s reaction to the disappearance and death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul reveals important details about the declining influence of U.S. in the Middle East. As a scholar who follows

  • Trump strikes a blow in US-China struggle with Build Act to contain Xi’s Belt and Road0

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    • October 20, 2018

    Photo: AFP The just-passed US Build Act will create a new agency to lend to developing countries, particularly in Asia and Africa The legislation elevates the US into a potent player in global development financing, five years after Xi Jinping launched his… By Bhavan Jaipragas   20 Oct 2018 Democrats and Republicans in the United States

  • Kandahar Assassinations Show Rising Taliban Strength in Afghanistan0

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    • October 19, 2018

    Afghan General Abdul Raziq (C), police chief of Kandahar, poses for a picture during a graduation ceremony at a police training centre in Kandahar province on 19 February, 2017. JAWED TANVEER / AFP 19 OCTOBER 2018 The Taliban have claimed the assassination of an influential Afghan police chief and another official in an attack that narrowly

  • Not Only Khashoggi: License to kill0

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    • October 19, 2018

    Not Only Khashoggi License to Kill Larry Diamond      18 October 2018 We must make it clear, not only to the Saudi monarchy but to all the world’s dictators, that they cannot murder their opponents with impunity. “You can’t betray [us] and not get punished for it.  Anyone, even those still alive, will reap

  • India’s Skillful Posturing With the US0

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    • October 19, 2018

    Relations between the United States and India have gradually improved, but the world’s largest democracy has an independent streak as seen in two recent cases: First, India signed a multibillion deal to purchase a Russian air-defense missile system thereby risking sanctions approved by the US Congress in 2017. Second, the United States withdrew from the

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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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