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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan apart...


The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police


The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor... More

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, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks


While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position.... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’


The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion.... More

US withdrawal from Afghanistan showcases India’s hollow Afghan policy


When Donald Trump recently mocked India for building a library in Afghanistan, it signified a lot more than the fact that India is not fighting the Taliban as a US ally; it showed the actual limited presence... More

Beginning with insurance and banking sectors, Myanmar’s financial reforms hit top gear


Myanmar’s long-anticipated plans for economic liberalisation have finally gone into overdrive. To usher in the new year, the government announced radical changes to the insurance sector and removed some of the barriers to foreign insurance companies operating... More

Pakistan: Do our laws provide justice?


To provide justice is a central endeavour of any human society and the aim of any state. However, not all human societies have the same idea about what is just. This means that the idea of justice... More

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 row with an overwhelming majority. With the Bangladesh Election Commission (BEC) declaring that... More

India’s Trump worries


When American President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, Indian officials were quick to voice their concerns. Delhi has invested substantial amounts of money in development projects in Afghanistan and has depended for... More

How Pakistan is negotiating the Afghan terrain after US announcement to withdraw...


In the last week of December, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited Afghanistan, Iran, China and Russia to discuss the ongoing Afghan peace process. The visit was in the wake of Pakistan brokering peace talks between... More

Pakistan, a gangsters’ haven


Soon after the demise of the well-respected Begum Kulsoom Nawaz following prolonged hospitalisation in London, Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in jail in July 2018 for corruption, his daughter Maryam was given seven years and... More

An all-out US defeat in Afghanistan is on the horizon


The politico-military structure that the US built in Afghanistan after forcing the Taliban out of power is shaking from its cores, facing an imminent destruction. The failure of this structure wouldn’t just mean failure of one of... More

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 the streets and the elections would be postponed. This was particularly so when... More

Increasing remittances


A recent World Bank (WB) report had India recording a 22.5 percent increase ($80 billion) in home remittances in 2018, retaining its position as the world's top recipient of remittances for five years in a row. The... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

India’s new discreet diplomacy in South Asia


subir The last two weeks have cooled nerves in Delhi and vindicated its new-found faith in discreet diplomacy as a better option than the initial muscular, jingoist approach of the Narendra Modi administration. This approach, pioneered by... More

With Afghan elections in April, Ghani regime caught in a bind as...


Notwithstanding the importance of the on-going talks between the Afghan Taliban and the US and the participation of the former in the recently-held Moscow summit on Afghanistan, there is a stark absence of the Afghan government in... More

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 and public rallies continue unabated. With just three weeks to go for elections... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Modi now looks vulnerable 


The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western disinterest


China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities


The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his... More

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

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, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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