• Shadow of India, Hasina govt’s corruption, repression of BNP looms over Bangladesh polls0

    by Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty |  Sep 07,2018   BANGLADESH will go into election mode in the next few months. Democratic transfer of power in Bangladesh became the norm ever since the overthrow of military dictator General HM Ershad in 1990. The army-backed caretaker government, during 2007–2008, was an exception in Bangladesh’s democratic governance. Bangladesh has never

  • U.S. and India: Steadfast partners0

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    • September 8, 2018

    By  Leigh Hartman     Sep 4, 2018 Ships from the Indian Navy, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Navy sail in formation in the Bay of Bengal in 2017. (DOD/U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Leon Wong) The two largest democracies in the world look to strengthen an already strong relationship. Sailors from the

  • Rohingya refugees: Forgotten alleys of the old camp0

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    • September 7, 2018

    BY KAAMIL AHMED 7 SEPTEMBER 2018 How Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh continue to risk their lives in search of a better life elsewhere. Kutupalong camp, Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, 2017. All images by Kaamil Ahmed. The key was in finding the tea hut – a low-roofed bamboo frame filled only by a bench, where, in May 2015,


  • Ex-Pakistani Prime Minister puts Pakistani military and China on the spot0

    By James M. Dorsey       16/5/2018 Ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif kicked up a storm when he earlier this month seemingly admitted that Pakistan had supported militants who attacked multiple targets in Mumbai in 2008, killing 166 people. Mr. Sharif’s admission, which he has since tried to walk back, put a finger on

  • Sino-Russian axis moves India to secure other friendships0

    India has heavily reordered its policies to survive against the (Sino-Russian) axial threat – reliance on past sentimentalism and old friendships is being challenged by the new global geostrategic environmental revamp, writes Adrij Chakraborty for South Asia Monitor May 12, 2018, By Adrij Chakraborty Russian President Vladimir Putin’s landslide victory in the 2018 elections extended

  • Kashmir: Blow to International Humanitarian Law0

    by Baber Ali Bhatti        15/5/2018 International humanitarian law (IHL) is applicable on both international armed conflict and non-international armed conflict. Given the Kashmir issue, this law, being the major component of international law, has a wider scope and germane applicability on India despite well-staged encounters and operation by its armed forces. Status of

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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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