November 23, 2017

Religious Extremism on the Rise in Bangladesh

Militants from at least two Bangladeshi banned outfits may be preparing for attacks in the country, including targeted assassinations. But Dhaka lacks a dedicated counter-terrorism response. Read More »

Bangladesh’s Freshwater Crisis Intensifies

With freshwater sources destroyed after Cyclone Aila in 2009 and increasing salinity due to lack of flow in rivers, coastal Bangladesh is facing an acute drinking water crisis with women the worst sufferers. Read More »

View from Bangladesh: Hullabaloo in the Maldives

One Bangladeshi analyst believes that political upheaval and government’s authoritarian actions in Maldives have caused rise of Islamic conservatism,  a politically influenced judiciary, militarization of the police, close collaboration with China, and increasing harassment of migrant workers. Read More »

Bangladesh’s Fading Democracy

Bangladeshi people are showing signs of frustration with political leadership that is preoccupied with mud-slinging. They are losing trust in state institutions. Stuck in political limbo, they have no higher authority to turn to. This in turn encourages third parties to fish in troubled waters. Read More »

China, India and the Great Dam Rush

The construction of dams on major rivers has serious implications for millions living downstream. Read More »

Wake Up Bangladesh

Why did Time magazine allege that Bangladesh is the next hotbed for terrorists? As baseless as such assumptions may be, one can’t help but wonder how they are conjured up in the first place. Read More »

Bangladesh’s Democracy Sinks into the Mire

Bangladesh's government is unlikely to treat the unrest as a political crisis and call fresh elections. Given this, both ruling parties must do what they can to avoid further political turmoil in Bangladesh by taking the initiative to pull back from their own dogmatic positions and to restrain violence by embarking on a dialogue to overcome the challenges facing the country because of democratic paralysis and systemic violence. Read More »

Déjà Vu Bangladesh Model

The current political unrest in Bangladesh is because the Army deviated from its mission statement because of personal greed and ambition. Reputedly a professional soldier, can General IK Bhuyian, COAS Bangladesh Army, stay aloof from the looming anarchy when it becomes a moral obligation to become the “saviors” of the State?  Read More »

Can Bangladesh’s Jumma Minority Speak up?

The mood of Bangladesh’s government indicates an urgency for increased securitization, surveillance, discrimination and suspicion of the country’s Tibeto-Burman speaking Buddhist minority, known as Jummas. Read More »

Breaking Bangladesh’s Dynastic Conundrum

For the first time in three decades, an opportunity exists in Bangladesh for a new challenger of genuine merit and capacity to step into the ring and stake his or her claim, ending the outsized political presence of Sheikh Hasina Wajid and Khaleda Zia. Read More »