March 30, 2017

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Is ASEAN a Newfound Voice for the Rohingya?

A meeting of Rohingya Muslim leaders and their supporters at a January panel. (Photo via Rohingya.org)

Myanmar has long valued ASEAN for the protection it provides not only from the wider international community but also its fellow members. But the unwillingness of Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya issue has pushed ASEAN members towards new forms of protest. This failure is already a tragedy, but for ASEAN it might become a disaster. Read More »

Trump Slams Brakes on Obama’s Climate Plan

A coal train in West Virginia. (Photo by Cori Martin, CC License)

Badly looking for a political win that would both fulfill some campaign promises to his political base and satisfy the demands of rank-and-file Republicans in Congress, President Trump on March 28 signed an expansive Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order.   The executive order signals a sharp shift in federal climate change rules, standards and work procedures. This was ... Read More »

The Hate That Divides Us

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In shock after hearing of the London attack and a Bangalore assault, Mari Marcel Thekaekara reflects on what could defeat hate of the ‘other’ and finally bring us together. Read More »

Revisiting Operation ‘Searchlight’

Bangladesh's national martyres monument in Dhaka. (Photo by nasir khan, CC license)

Militarily “Operation Searchlight” was necessary as a pre-emptive strike. That an outstanding military success would end in a horrible human catastrophe and an unmitigated political disaster was also inevitable. Has anyone really been held accountable in Pakistan? Read More »

Republicans Fumble ACA Repeal: Expert Reaction

Speaker Paul Ryan informed President Trump that he could not get the American Health Care Act in the House. (Photo by Gage Skidmore CC license)

Trump cuts bait, Ryan loses his nerve – and the Obamacare repeal goes down without a vote. What's next for Congress and the GOP? Read More »

View from India: Way to Get Back on Board

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at the Press Briefing with President Xi Jinping of China. (Flickr/Narendra Modi, CC license)

It may need both diplomacy and a push from Afghanistan and Central Asia to once again align the lines between India and China, if New Delhi and Beijing wish to ensure that the success they shared via the old Silk Route is given another chance. Read More »

Saudi Arabia the Next stop on China’s Maritime Silk Road

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz ahead of their meeting in Beijing on March 17, 2017. (Photo via video stream)

The growing partnership between China and Saudi Arabia signals a consequential shift in the Middle East–Asia security architecture and will be an increasingly important space to watch. Read More »

Bangladesh: ‘Suicidal Deals with India Unacceptable’

File photo of a meeting between Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New York on September 24, 2015. (Photo via video stream)

The approaching visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in April 7-10 to India, the worries are more in Bangladesh, the apprehension that she might be intimidated to give in to India’s interest at the cost of that of Bangladesh. Read More »

Flowing in the Right Direction

Water is fast becoming a scarce resource. (Photo by Syed Zakir Hossain)

Bangladesh has achieved significant development in terms of water security, but it has a lot more to do. Read More »

War in Perpetuity

(Photo by Cpl. Alex Guerra, CC License)

By any metric, the three-pronged American campaign in Afghanistan — nation-building, fighting against the Taliban and curbing the illicit drug commerce — has not yielded tangible results. But the amount spent on the mission is simply staggering: $1 trillion and counting. The reconciliation drive is a track that has lamentably gone cold and deserves the best possible shot, argues one Pakistani analyst. Read More »