Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury

August 31, 2018
August 31, 2018

Repression in Rakhine, and the principle of the 'responsibility to protect'

In my previous avatar as a diplomat, like much of the rest of the world, I saw myself as an ardent advocate for change in Myanmar. It was in the grip of Generals who ran a horrendously repressive...

August 13, 2018
August 13, 2018

Balancing Bangladesh's foreign policy

The relationship between a smaller and a larger neighbourly state, as also between a weaker and stronger one, is often tricky on both sides.

August 1, 2018
August 1, 2018

Imran Khan's biggest challenge? 'It's the economy, stupid!'

Shakespeare had once observed, through his character Marcellus addressing Horatio in the drama Hamlet, that there was something rotten in the State of Denmark.

July 28, 2018
July 28, 2018

The New World Disorder: We must learn to live with it

A fundamental law of physics, also applicable to the social sciences, is that everything in nature is in a state of flux. The sage Heraclitus had said we never step into the same river twice.

July 22, 2018
July 22, 2018

Prognosis of polls in Pakistan

As one heads towards the elections in Pakistan on July 25, the main question in concerned minds is whether Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), is going to be Pakistan'...

July 10, 2018
July 10, 2018

The handling of Donald Trump

A seventeenth-century English satirist, Tom Brown, penned a doggerel about the Dean of Christ Church, one of the most prominent colleges, then as now, at Oxford. It went: I do not like thee, Dr Fell

June 15, 2018
June 15, 2018

The new sun that reddens the East

In China, in the 1950s and '60s, the most popular song was entitled, "Dongfang Hong," or "The East is Red". Unmistakably, and understandably, it eulogised the Great...

June 8, 2018
June 8, 2018

Trump-Kim meeting: The lure of the Lion City

The on-again, off-again summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea are due to be held shortly in Singapore, an ideal setting for many reasons. While it is likely to de-escalate...

May 28, 2018
May 28, 2018

Politics of polls beyond the Vindhyas

In terms of heights and magnitude the Vindhyas do not match the Himalayas. Yet both these mountain ranges find mention in the Indian national anthem. This denotes their importance. That of the...

May 20, 2018
May 20, 2018

Of crises and kite-flying

With only weeks to go before the planned Summit between the two in Singapore on June 12, both US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un seemed to be focused on a spot of kite...