Ali Riaz

BLACK, WHITE & GREY

Ali Riaz is a distinguished professor of political science at Illinois State University (ISU), and a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council. His recent publication is entitled “Voting in a Hybrid Regime: Explaining the 2018 Bangladeshi Election” (2019).

May 12, 2020
May 12, 2020

Kajol might not be able to speak out, BUT WE MUST

Mysterious events surrounding the ‘disappearance’ and ‘recovery’ of photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol are by now well known.

April 21, 2020
April 21, 2020

Defunding WHO: Trump’s reckless decision

President Donald Trump’s decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) in the midst of a global pandemic is not only reckless

March 25, 2020
March 25, 2020

Covid-19: The era of perpetual emergency and the emerging new normal?

Little did we know on the night of December 31, 2019 that we were about to begin not only a new year but a new epoch which can only be compared to a century-old calamity.

February 12, 2020
February 12, 2020

Democratic backsliding and the information battle

Continued backsliding of democracy for more than a decade, globally and domestically, has raised the question—where are we heading?

January 26, 2020
January 26, 2020

ICJ Ruling on Rohingya: Where do we go from here?

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on Myanmar about taking emergency measures for the protection of the Rohingyas, delivered at The Hague on Thursday, is historic on many counts and...

December 30, 2019
December 30, 2019

A Year of Paradoxes

The most appropriate description of the year 2019, particularly of Bangladeshi politics, is perhaps a dialogue in Act 3, Scene 4, of the Twelfth Night of William Shakespeare: “If this were play’d...

December 1, 2019
December 1, 2019

Two contexts of influx from India

The influx of people from India crossing the borders to Bangladesh in the past weeks warrants the attention of Bangladeshi policymakers. Unfortunately, the foreign minister’s recent statement that

November 29, 2019
November 29, 2019

How new autocrats curb press freedom

As democratic backsliding has become a global phenomenon and hybrid regimes—a political system which has both democratic and authoritarian traits—have proliferated, freedom of the press has come...

October 25, 2019
October 25, 2019

Five takes on the proliferation of fake news to instigate communal unrest and its larger political implications

Violence in Bhola preceded with a familiar pattern of events, blaming a member of a religious minority for demeaning Islam, creating a frenzy and then mobilising the angry people to the street.

October 10, 2019
October 10, 2019

Is banning student politics the solution?

“Ban student politics” has become the rallying cry for the past few days, in both the social and mass media.