May 23, 2017

Is India Restaging ‘Sikkim Saga’ in Bangladesh?

(Map via Wikimedia Commons)

Without naming India, Begum Zia said some foreign powers were trying to weaken Bangladesh that was making steady economic progress. “We liberated Bangladesh in 1971 when we were about 80 million people. Now we are about 160 to 170 million, and we are united. We don’t need assistance of anyone.”  She added, “we want to make it explicitly clear that we ... Read More »

Anger in Bangladesh Over Defense MoUs with India

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event in New Delhi during her April 7-11 visit to India. (Photo via video stream)

The South Asian nation is witnessing unprecedented rise in anti-India sentiment following Bangladeshi Prime Minister’s landmark visit to India, writes one analyst. Read More »

Pakistan’s Cotton Production to Go Up

Pakistan's cotton production is likely to go up. (Photo by Asian Development Bank, CC license)

Despite long dry spell, Pakistan is headed to mix results of its agriculture production for 2017/18. Read More »

What is at Stake in Shaikh Hasina’s Indian Yatra

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid being received by her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi upon her arrival in New Delhi on a four-day visit on April 7. (Photo via video stream)

Facing waning popularity and a suspecting electorate at home and growing impression of surrendering to Indian pressure to enter a defense pact with its encircling big neighbor, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has too much at stake in her important visit to India. Read More »

Fortune 500 Companies Hold a Record $2.6 Trillion Offshore

Cayman Island is a known destination for offshore accounts. (Photo by Michael Hicks, CC License)

The limited disclosures made by a handful of Fortune 500 corporations show that corporations are brazenly using tax havens to avoid taxes on significant profits. Read More »

Bangladesh Drifting Towards Radicalization

Bandarbans is one of the regions in southeast Bangladesh which is witnessing growing extremist presence. (Photo by Samiul Huda, CC License)

The South Asian nation is witnessing increasing incidence of terrorism, with government increasingly succumbing to the growing political power of religious extremists. The IS and Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups are showing growing presence in Chittagong and other regions in southeast Bangladesh. Read More »

View from India: The Road to China is Through Kabul

(Photos by Nicolas Raymond, CC License)

New possibilities on regional cooperation are emerging, which India should not hesitate to explore. Read More »

Riyadh Presses Pakistan on Sharif, Keeping Iran Out of CPEC

Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdullah Marzouk Al Zahrani meeting Pakistan's army chief General Asif Qamar Bajwa. (Courtesy ISPR)

Saudi diplomacy is reportedly at work to rescue Nawaz Sharif's embattled government once again and at the same time pushing Pakistan's military to speed up transition of General Raheel Sharif to head the 34-nation yet-tobe-formalized miltary alliance of Muslim majority countries. Read More »

General Raheel Sharif at Davos

General (Retd) Raheel Sharif speaking at the Davos panel.

Pakistan's former army chief General Raheel Sharif was one of the most sought-after dignitary at the World Economic Forum in Davos, writes Pakistan's leading defense analyst. Read More »

Understanding Trump’s Inaugural Speech

President Donald Trump delivering inaugural speech in Washington DC on January 20. (Photo from video stream)

The speech mimicked today’s political climate. For his base, it will be received as a call for all Americans to unify around his agenda. For his opponents, it will be seen as not only negative, but divisive. Read More »