Ahmad Ahsan

December 16, 2020
December 16, 2020

Our pride and glory: The Mukti Bahini in 1971

Bangladesh belongs to a select group of countries that fought their way to independence. We won our freedom by winning a fierce nine-month Liberation War against a very well trained, well-armed Pakistan Army.

November 8, 2020
November 8, 2020

Historic 2020 US Election: The pandemic vs the economic

The 2020 US Presidential Election held last Tuesday, November 3, will likely go down as among the most important in United States history—for several reasons.

December 17, 2018
December 17, 2018

The Liberation War and Bangladesh's Development

In 2007, a legendary Indian civil servant, BN Yugandhar, then a member of the Indian Planning Commission, asked me to explain how Bangladesh was developing so remarkably.

November 12, 2018
November 12, 2018

US 2018 Midterm Elections: Why are the results so close and mixed?

For most of 2018, the talk was there would be a Blue Democratic wave, sweeping the Democrats into power in both chambers of Congress. President Trump had unusually low approval rates over the last two years on average getting less than 40 percent approval ratings according to Gallup.

November 12, 2018
November 12, 2018

Battle for the Republic: Historic midterm elections in the US

The US midterm elections on November 6, 2018 have been widely accepted as being among the most consequential in American history.

October 18, 2018
October 18, 2018

How did Europe dominate the world?

How did a group of a few, small countries of Western Europe come to dominate the world for nearly 300 years? As a recent history book noted (Why Did Europe Conquer the World?, Philip Hoffman), a thousand years ago these countries were “poor, violent, politically chaotic ... hopelessly backward …

October 11, 2018
October 11, 2018

The spectacular rise of East Asia

When the history of our times is written, the spectacular rise of East Asia will be a towering landmark.