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  • Curing Afghanistan

    Curing Afghanistan0

    Three wise old men from South Asia with connections to Singapore have produced a book in which they offer a well-meaning, idealistic cure for the ills of Afghanistan that inadvertently may lead to a genuine solution in that troubled land. In a book entitled Afghanistan: The Next Phase, they suggest a formal association of 10

  • Weakening the voices of the liberals in Bangladesh

    Weakening the voices of the liberals in Bangladesh0

    I am not a political analyst, a historian or an anthropologist. I am a common man, a Bengali Muslim, a Bangladeshi. How did my beloved nation of Bangladesh become so intolerant? At only 31 I am saddened that this is not the Bangladesh I grew up in. Like most families, we grew up with the

  • Nuclear Parity Ensures Strategic Stability

    Nuclear Parity Ensures Strategic Stability1

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    • February 17, 2015

    The latest SIPRI figures show that as of early 2014, the nine nuclear weapon states (NWS) possessed approximately 16,350 nuclear weapons, as compared to 17,270 nuclear weapons in early 2013. The United States and Russia hold 93% of total global nuclear stockpiles and both countries have undertaken much of these reductions. Under the New START

  • After Peshawar, Pakistan Needs Moral Restoration, Not the Death Penalty

    After Peshawar, Pakistan Needs Moral Restoration, Not the Death Penalty0

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    • January 23, 2015

      Injustice with Greater Injustice In December 2014, the massacre in Peshawar shook the conscience of many. Since the tragedy, the world has celebrated several holidays, including the end of a tumultuous 2014. In Pakistan, December is not only about the passing year but also about the birthday celebration of the country’s founder Mohammad Ali

  • Is India a Level Playing Field for Investment?

    Is India a Level Playing Field for Investment?0

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    • January 20, 2015

      Today, when India has made a comeback on the potential investment destination list for countries around the globe, it is vital to sustain growth for a market of this size and potential. Investment activities in India are no longer governed by the national policies or by the objective of attaining balanced regional development. Instead,

  • 40-year-old India-Bangladesh maritime dispute resolved through UN Tribunal

    40-year-old India-Bangladesh maritime dispute resolved through UN Tribunal0

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    • January 17, 2015

    ​ Overcoming a 40-year-old maritime border dispute? In the case of India and Bangladesh, it appears to be possible. The Arbitration Tribunal on the India-Bangladesh Maritime Delimitation delivered its ruling on 7th July 2014. The Tribunal was set up under the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, in the matter of the Bay of

  • A Look Into What Just Happened in Sri Lanka #PressPollSL

    A Look Into What Just Happened in Sri Lanka #PressPollSL0

      Earlier this evening, I witnessed the inauguration of Maithripala Sirisena as Sri Lanka’s 7th** President, after one of the closest elections in the island’s history. Former President Rajapaska was trying for an unprecedented third term, thanks to the 18thamendment his party facilitated, allowing for unlimited terms. Elections were called two years in advance for a variety

  • From Russia with Love: Panic, Fear and Instability

    From Russia with Love: Panic, Fear and Instability0

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    • December 30, 2014

      There is now a full-blown panic and fear in the Russian markets that has hardly been reported in the Bangladeshi press. Perhaps it is because Russia is not a major trading partner, or people feel unaffected. The cause of the paralysed Russian economy may not be for the same reasons that keep Bangladesh humming

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