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What appears is that both parties operate with a mindset, at least in theory, that they will promote liberal market principles with democracy. Both parties support theories of democratisation on paper.  

Bangladesh has been assessed as one of the nations most vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate, and indeed, is already experiencing some of these impacts.


Protect this magical land, because we all need our own stories and our own personal revelations. Protect it, because numerous great stories are yet to unfold.

When you’re looking out for a nation, the attitude displayed by the prime minister is the sort of outlook you expect. She would leave New York with both her own image and that of Bangladesh enhanced.  

Bangladeshi movies, especially commercial ones, have a special place in the lives of all those who grew up in this city in the decades after liberation. Featuring top-class actors, purely commercial ventures like Mintu Amaar Naam, Barud, Johnny, CID, Toofan, Pagla Raja, Love in Singapore, Challenge, and many others often did not have fully original plots.

Bangladesh, long been called a secular Muslim-majority nation, has seen a surge of terrorist atrocities over the past couple of months. Several secular bloggers, academics, and religious minorities have been hacked to death by radical believers.  

There is no ready-made policy directive to solve this problem. One thing is clear: We need to speed up the inclusive growth process. For that, the governance process needs to be far more simplistic and nimble, and at the same time transparent and credible. Although, how such a model can he achieved is not yet certain.

When we talk about security, we are focusing on three aspects: People, investments, and assets. The security of people includes people working in a particular territory or district, working at a particular location for a particular employer, and also people travelling from other locations to live and work in a certain locality for a certain reason.  

The BNP is an important stake-holder in Bangladeshi politics. The party was formed in 1978, but its founder, the late General Ziaur Rahman, who had ruled the country from 1976 until his murder in the 1981 military coup.


A recent research study “Bangladesh: Looking Beyond Garments” conducted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has revealed that the positive economic turnaround in Bangladesh is largely due the rising presence of women in the workplace.


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Nepal’s deposed king Gyanendra Shah has regretted that the country has lost its Hindu identity and said despair and unhappiness among the people might lead them to revolt once again. 


The first India-Palestine Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) signifies New Delhi’s commitment towards economic development and well being of Palestine writes Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor

Pakistan continues to remain in denial about the well-calibrated surgical strikes by India, in response to the terror attacks on 18 Indian jawans in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir. Far from addressing the problem of terrorism emanating from Pakistan and affecting regional stability, Islamabad chose to remain quite. What make matters wor...

If we hadn't jumped into a parallel political universe in the last 18 months or so, the idea of Donald Trump winning the Republication presidential nomination would be bizarre enough.   

Since my last visit five years ago I have keenly observed India’s political, economic and social transformation, and welcomed the increasingly active role India is playing internationally. I have also witnessed the growing personal ties between New Zealand and India, supported by our diaspora communities and our education, tou...


Address by M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs on Regional Integration and Prosperity at Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (October 5, 2016). Read more inside...

Military aid or assistance, is an important tool, that states have always plied to manoeuvre and counter-manoeuvre other sovereign entities and countless disparate factions in the pursuit of international relations. It includes arms transfers, logistical support and even supply of troops.   

The fallout of the trans-border raids in an active “hot peace” environment between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir is always unpredictable, because there are just too many imponderables. The “surgical strike” by hunter-killer teams of the special forces of the Indian Army on fidayeen bases across th...


The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...


The book, written in the manner of a series of case studies, also points to the lack of a clearly enunciated national security strategy, a defence situational review, a defence strategy and a joint strategy for the armed forces -- all of this h...


The book ‘Pakistan at crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures’  is one of the few books in recent years which fixes spotlight on various aspects of Pakistan; the internal flummoxing situation and external forces wh...


In a region which is unexplored as an asset class, performance will be the kingmaker. This book includes the author’s CDCF Portfolio basket for the SAARC asset class, which selects the best fundamental-p...


Sri Lanka has to be the most beautiful country I have ever seen, says John Gimlette, an accomplished travel writer who journeys to the island nation at the end of a long and brutal civil war. Anyone who has se...

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