Policies for equal access to work

“We must work together to ensure the equitable distribution of wealth, opportunity, and power in our society.” – Nelson Mandela, State of the Nation Address, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, February 9, 1996.  The statement above holds true for all countries irrespective of economic conditions or political system. At the Davos forum this January, Oxfam… Read More

China and South Asia: The clarion call for a new alliance against IS

Regional cooperation in counter-terrorism between China and South Asia has been persistently averted. This piece explores the renewed scope for cooperation in the face of emergent threats, and underscores the importance of joining forces against what may be the deadliest breed of international terrorism encountered thus far.

We have come a long way

Poverty is a multidimensional crisis encompassing social, economic and political components. In the last two decades, Bangladesh has shown tremendous progress in both absolute and social poverty alleviation. According to Asian Development Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy, population below poverty line almost halved from 56.6 million in 1990 to 23.6 million in 2016. In the process,… Read More

Climate change and food security

Bangladesh is among the most precarious and unpredictable countries due to climate risks (Bangladesh Country Study, 2013). It is regularly stricken by annual flooding, or shortage of water during dry seasons; it frequently suffers from cyclones, storm surges, along with changing groundwater aquifer situations. Most of the land mass comprises of floodplains, and up to… Read More

What is lost on the ground is recovered in cyberspace: The New Face of Radicalization

The battles to take back Mosul and Raqqa from ISIS have given rise to very important questions – What happens to ISIS as they physically disperse? Where do they go? What do they do?

The Myth of Carbon Pricing

Many environmental scholars and activists have challenged the efficacy of Carbon pricing – the taken elixir of climate change. This blog explores the avenues to complement the efficacy through needed fundamental changes and policy interventions.

Sustainable Integration through World Interfaith Harmony

Interfaith relations in the last few hundred years have been marked by volatility and often devastating conflicts. This is because the nature of interfaith peace has been fundamentally misconstrued, and its capacity for alleviating human suffering has been woefully neglected. The genesis of cooperative interfaith relations lies in the realization that it is possible to… Read More

ASEAN and the Rohingya Crisis

DHAKA – The worsening plight of Muslim Rohingya communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state could soon imperil the country’s government, as well as the reputation of its leader, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The crisis has been escalating since last October, when Myanmar’s military launched an offensive in which 130 Rohingya… Read More

The Populist Upheaval

The political wave of events spread across the globe in 2016 is representative of a very distinct concept of political science that had become widely observed over the last century and intensified across the globe last year: Populism. During the first round of Austria’s election in April 2016, Nobert Hofer came close to becoming head… Read More

Peaceful Transition of Power: The Hallmark of American Democracy

A look back into the history of American election and peaceful power transition or the lack of it….