• Blog
    • November 24, 2017

    Many Tibetans across the world, longing for an independent Tibet and they’re returning to Tibet with dignity, would have been shocked to hear the remarks of the Dalai Lama once again that Tibet does not seek independence from China but only wants greater development. The Dalai Lama made similar remarks earlier, but many thought that

  • Bangladesh Academic Mubashar Hasan “Held by Military Intelligence Agency”0

    • Blog
    • November 24, 2017

    BY DAVID BERGMAN AND TASNEEM KHALIL ON 22/11/2017 The Directorate General of Forces Intelligence allegedly picked up Hasan soon after he attended a meeting at the UN headquarters in Dhaka on November 7. The reason for his detention remains unclear. Academic Mubashar Hasan. Credit: Twitter Bangladesh’s military intelligence agency, the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), is secretly detaining academic

  • Myanmar and Bangladesh strike a shameful deal on Rohingya refugees0

    • Blog
    • November 24, 2017

    Rosa Freedman, University of Reading Many Rohingya people who have fled the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar are now living as refugees in Bangladesh. And now, the two countries have reportedly struck a deal to return them home. Returning Rohingya people to the hands of their persecutors not only violates international law, but raises fundamental questions

  • General Michael Hayden’s take on the Trump Afghanistan strategy.0

    • Blog
    • November 24, 2017

      General Michael Hayden Former Director, CIA and NSA Earlier this week, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, laid out a two-year plan to take back substantial territory in Afghanistan and drive the Taliban toward the negotiating table. In a Monday video conference from Kabul, Nicholson said that the strategy outlined by U.S.

  • Best Of: The Devil’s Puzzle: Defining International and Domestic Terrorism0

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    • November 24, 2017

    November 24, 2017 | Bennett Seftel and Fritz Lodge Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty The car ramming attack that occurred in New York City on Oct. 31 killed eight people and reignited debate over what constitutes domestic and international terrorism. Terrorism has remained at the forefront of American national security concerns ever since the September 11 attacks.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Saudi torture victims include former king’s son0

    • Blog
    • November 24, 2017

    Sources confirm Prince Miteb, son of late King Abdullah, is among six princes who needed hospital treatment following arrest in Saudi purge Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, pictured in Paris in 2014 (Reuters) David Hearst Friday 17 November 2017 Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, the son of the late King Abdullah who was once considered a future


  • Pascal’s wager in real time

    Pascal’s wager in real time0

    The gamble in the Middle East and the gamble in Bangladesh Readers will understand that I am exercising heroic self-restraint by limiting my remarks on the recently-completed Nuclear Framework Agreement to two paragraphs. It is, to quote London’s Financial Times (FT) a “singular” achievement, and in my view another possible inflection point in the modern

  • What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India

    What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India1

    Lausanne witnessed a historic moment on April 2, when Iran and the P5 + 1 (United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany) announced the interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme. The agreement is currently in progress and the final deal is scheduled to be signed on June 30 (fingers crossed). If the agreement

  • Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La

    Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La0

    Bhutan is widely romanticized as the last Shangri-La meaning the “hidden paradise”. It would not be an exaggeration to state that this Shangri-la is a country known for its traditions, culture and identity. The importance of its traditions can be felt from the words of Harald Nestroy that the “early history of Bhutan is not

  • Playing with Peace in Myanmar

    Playing with Peace in Myanmar0

    International aid and “statebuilding” exercises risk exacerbating ethnic conflicts in Myanmar. Here’s a more realistic approach. As ceasefires in Myanmar enter their third fragile year, international aid commitments geared towards “peacebuilding” have proliferated, particularly from the West and Japan. Although aid remains one of the few tools available to these governments, and there are countless

  • Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank0

    Since the dawn of civilization, except for the last 250 years, Asia had half the world’s wealth and two centres of gravity – China and India. With Asia estimated to possess two-thirds of global GPD in 2050, because of favourable demographics India has the potential to overtake the United States and once again become the

  • Pakistan’s Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled

    Pakistan’s Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled0

    Pakistan remains unwilling to change the substance of its policy on terrorism even as it tries to reassure the international community that it is ready for a drastic transformation. Several recent developments affirm the Pakistani military’s belief that cosmetic changes or words alone will suffice to convince others, especially the U.S., that Pakistan is serious

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  • AUW 10th Anniversary Symposium Schedule

    AUW 10th Anniversary Symposium Schedule

    From Survival to Sustainable Development: Overcoming Challenges for Achieving a Just World. Friday, May 11th 2018 at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh To be held at the Radisson Hotel, Chittagong By all accounts, the earth’s people have never had it better—we live longer and healthier and more productive lives than any time

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