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Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index,...

Bangladesh elections: A transitional moment in politics?

Bangladesh’s general election was a complex affair but with a simple premise. The Awami League won the election for the third term in a...

Bangladesh’s most intriguing elections ever?

The 2018 general elections weren’t even supposed to be held. Many believed that given the political situation and hostility, violence would spill over onto...

December 30 and the cycle of violence  

Election related violence is already at its peak and more is expected. This was not quite unexpected. Arrests, court cases and attacks on motorcades...

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper,...

Bangladesh elections: A problem of plenty?

The electoral environment in Bangladesh is becoming exciting and slightly less predictable by the day. There is intense activity, at least among the supporters...

A battle between Bangladesh’s old and new elites?

Bangladesh society and the power relations within are undergoing significant changes. The paths to elite-hood and the protection that many established elites had taken...

Bangladesh politics beyond 2018

Suddenly no one is completely sure about the outcome of the 2018 Bangladesh general elections. It was a certainty once when only political parties...

Is conflict driving Bangladesh’s politics and society?

Hate, insults, endless allegations and occasional physical confrontations have become the staple of Bangladesh’s political culture. No one is spared, and no one wants...

Bangladesh: A certain election in an uncertain season

Politics in Bangladesh is fluid in a way that would completely befuddle a non-citizen. However, the average Bangladeshi is a resilient human who has...

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a...

Maldives elections and China-India ties

afsan Neither China nor India are in any ideological conflict over any issues. Both are dedicated trading nations, and both have gained from globalisation....

Bangladeshi politics and media: Strange bedfellows?

Bangladesh is well known for a flourishing media, rights violations of journalists and political activism rather than excellence. Media workers imagine themselves more as...

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister...

South Asian Monitor: Achievements and challenges in a new reality

South Asian Monitor has completed its two years in an age of media where the lines between international politics, journalism and economics are fraying....

Indo-Bangla relations and the “termite” problem

fsan Indian’s ruling party BJP leader Amit Shah has called ‘illegal Bangladeshis’ as “termites” which will be cleaned out from the woodwork of Assam...

South Asian media: Inventing a region?

South Asia is a popular buzz word which is rarely defined properly. This lack of clarity suits many as people have no idea what...

Has digital media changed politics in Bangladesh?

Political nostalgia in Bangladesh centres around public and street agitations. It begins with the language movement of 1952 which defined the basic parameters of...

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as...

Bangladesh: A social media driven state?

It’s not easy to have a calm conversation in Bangladesh. Everyone is rushing to make a comment, observe and abuse. Or make a counter...

Is the Myanmar military looking a bit inept?

“While everything else is in flux, the position of the Tatmadaw in national affairs appears more stable than ever. Snug in its constitutional bunker,...