• Status Quo, or got to go? What the Maldives’ allies want from the election0

      Omkar Khandekar, Maldives Independent, 29 August 2018 There are seven countries with embassies in the Maldives. What do they want from the presidential election? On 20 January 2014, months after taking office, President Abdulla Yameen unveiled his foreign policy. He underlined the importance of peace, dialogue, adherence to international laws and said his main objective was to “increase

  • America Needs the Muhammad Ali Doctrine0

    When in doubt, Washington’s foreign-policy strategy should be to rope-a-dope. BY STEPHEN M. WALT  | AUGUST 24, 2018 Sonny Liston lies out for the count after being KO’d in the first round of his return title fight by world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Lewiston, Maine, May 25, 1965. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) It’s tempting to spend all one’s

  • Foreign Funds Can Be Accepted For Political Parties, But Not for Disaster-Hit Kerala0

    The offer of aid by the UAE, Japan and other countries is voluntary and is a goodwill gesture in solidarity with the flood victims, and as per its own disaster management policy, the Central government may choose to accept it. Flood victims rest inside a university classroom, which is converted into a temporary relief camp

  • Bangladesh Ignores Myanmar, Delivers Aid to Rohingya Trapped in No Man’s Land0

      By Sharif Khiam and Abdur Rahman on Aug 29, 2018  The Bangladesh government is distributing aid to Rohingya refugees trapped in no man’s land along the country’s border with Myanmar, ignoring calls from Naypyidaw to cut off humanitarian supplies as a precondition for those people to repatriate, officials told BenarNews. Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H.M.

  • Tackling the Backlog in Pakistan’s Courts0

    August 29, 2018 By Abbas Hussain FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmailPrintShare In his old age, a longstanding property dispute became the bane of Abdul Hamid Khan’s existence. The father of four sons and three daughters in Punjab’s Rahimyar district, Khan had been left, like Shakespeare’s King Lear, without a roof over his head. It was a dispute over land

  • A Year After Onslaught, Rohingya Rebels Have Let Their People Down0

    By Commentary by Zachary Abuza on Aug 28, 2018  One year ago, at least 720,000 Rohingya began to flee for their lives from their Myanmar homes to the relative safety of Bangladesh. On the anniversary of the unprecedented exodus into Bangladesh, much has been written about the conflict’s causes, including a first-rate investigative report by



    by Usman Ali Khan        31/5/2018 In the 1970s, the then prime minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, famously declared that “We will eat grass, even go hungry, but we will have our own,” while referring to the attainment of nuclear weapons. Forty years after that declaration, we attained this capability by ensuring the


      by F R Chowdhury    31/5/2018   Most Bangladeshis still remember late Sirajur Rahman of BBC. In those dark days of Bangladesh when it was still under illegal occupation of Pakistan Army, people in Bangladesh used to eagerly wait for BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) news to know about the progress of the liberation war.

  • Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina continues the heroic offensive against drugs0

    M A Hossain        28/5/2018 Every sensible media in Bangladesh and abroad are highly applauding Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her heroic drive against drugs. As the daughter of the founding father of the country, Hasina has exhibited her guts in instructing the members of the law enforcing agencies, especially Bangladesh police

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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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