Sayeed Ahmed

Sayeed Ahmed is a development professional involved in the infrastructure consulting business for over 20 years and has worked on projects under several government agencies in developing countries, Asian Development Bank and other institutions.

Digital literacy is key to building a Smart Bangladesh

It can prepare us for the nation’s present and future needs

It’s AI powered slaughterbots, not ChatGPT, that should worry us

All of humanity is at stake when a computer can autonomously decide to delete you.

Chronicles of the Ukraine war: When might it end?

The Ukraine war is shaped by Russia’s historical desire to become a Eurasian power.

US' myopic tactics vs China's long-term strategy

Riyadh is no longer locked in a monogamous marriage to Washington.

How can the land of Hafez, Sa’di, and Rumi be so cruel?

The absolutist, merciless state contradicts Iran’s deep roots in Sufism.

China and the US must escape both Thucydides and Kindleberger traps

Beijing believes it i​​s their destiny to lead the world by 2049, the Communist Revolution’s 100th anniversary, as set out in Xi Jinping’s long-term vision.

Superpower rivalry in the knowledge economy: Is the balance of power shifting?

Of the world’s 114 smartest factories that deploy cutting edge Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies, China owns a whopping 42.

Is space the final frontier of superpower rivalry?

Will it be possible for Washington to stall Beijing’s progress in space technology?

Kennan’s 1946 ‘Long Telegram’ from Moscow: Is it relevant for Beijing?

The China containment policy has taken deep roots following Kennan’s anti-Soviet postulations.

China unlikely to make a rash move over Taiwan

Neither the US nor China would prefer a war just now because Taiwan’s semiconductor industry, essential for both, will be among the first casualties of a conflict.

US controls advanced chips, but China has another card

Beijing has control over a vital resource essential for weapons, petroleum and electronics.

The Taiwan Question: China-US battle for semiconductor supremacy

Taiwanese fabrication plants dominate the semiconductor fabrication or foundry market, earning over 60 percent of global revenue.

Peace is good for all, but why do some still prefer conflict?

The incumbent superpower is now ominously sliding towards a military confrontation with the rising one.

Pelosi’s Taiwan visit: An ominous sign of how the superpower rivalry might unfold

It could lead to an unimaginable catastrophe that the world can’t afford

We need to talk about the World Bank

Has this above-the-law institution lost relevance in today’s world?

To Washington’s glee, Ukraine war hits Turkiye’s military ambitions

The last decade has witnessed a spectacular boom in Turkiye’s defence industry.

Why Bangladesh should adopt Agriculture 4.0

Technologies are getting more affordable with time, allowing farmers in Bangladesh to adopt Agriculture 4.0, which offers much greater efficiency and production potential.

Europe’s colonial history and double standard

Commemorating Europe Day, European mission heads in Bangladesh jointly penned an opinion piece published by The Daily Star on May 9.

How Moscow helped Washington win a strategic battle against China

But it exposes Washington’s desperation, typical of a declining power

Time for another non-aligned movement?

I was watching the BBC during the US’ 2003 Iraq invasion when one statement especially caught my attention.

To leapfrog, Bangladesh must adopt AI

The year 2019 was a turning point in Bangladesh’s history when it achieved self-sufficiency in rice production, more so considering that rice provides over 70

Is Ukraine collateral damage for the US?

In 1985, at the height of the Cold War, Hollywood produced a movie called “Rocky IV”, a typical good-American-bad-Russian story.

Race with the machine

The other day, a technician came over to fix my internet connection. He was a computer science graduate. But this is a job that any vocationally-trained person could do well—it doesn’t require a four-year university degree.

How to secure jobs amid looming automation

On December 19, The Daily Star published a refreshing story that offered a window into the changing landscape of our job market. Electronics manufacturers, according to the report, are scrambling for graduates from the polytechnic institutes, often recruiting them straight from the campus.

Can Bangladesh leapfrog into the future with 4IR?

American geographer Jared Diamond makes an interesting point in his bestseller “Guns, Germs, and Steel.”

Why Bangladesh should invest in artificial intelligence

In the 1970s, American sociologist and economic historian Immanuel Wallerstein (1930-2019) proposed an approach to view the global economic system as an interplay between three groups of countries: core, semi-periphery, and periphery countries.

How the US’ War on Terror played out on its social divide

On June 23, 2010, a rocket-propelled grenade shattered the skull of US Army Private First Class Russell Madden in Afghanistan, where he was fighting his country’s war against terror.

How can today’s graduates prepare for future jobs?

The world has seen more changes in the last two years than in the previous two decades. The ongoing pandemic has taught us the hard way that everything we hold dear or take for granted is actually fragile and transient.

Can AI improve our budget implementation scenario?

On July 25 this year, the Prothom Alo English edition published a news item about a bridge being built somewhere on the outskirts of Dhaka that led to nowhere.

Online education and artificial intelligence

As we all know, Covid-19 struck Wuhan on New Year's Eve in 2019, and the city embraced total lockdown. Soon, the rest of China and the world followed. But what many don't know is Chinese education never went into lockdown.

After two decades of war, the US leaves an uncertain future for Afghans

June 2002. I was on my first visit to Kabul. People were trying to put together their lives with new hope. Kids seemed happy and curious. Some were walking to whatever remained of the schools. Some were playing on the streets, while others were curiously watching the foreigners.

Can our engineering education prepare graduates for the industry?

How universities can better prepare graduates for the industry is a constant topic of debate. It will perhaps never end because the industry needs are changing rapidly, and the universities are constantly trying to adapt to such changes.

Ethnic minorities’ baffling show of support for Suu Kyi: What does it indicate?

After Aung San Suu Kyi’s arrest following the military coup, there was an outpouring of support shown to her by various ethnic groups in Myanmar,

Suu Kyi is likely to win again, but will that bring about any real change?

It was a landslide victory in 2015 for Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

Has Trump found a solution to America’s Afghan problem?

America’s recent peace agreement with the Talibans in Doha makes many ponder whether it has lost the war. However, before coming to such a conclusion, we should revisit the aims of this decades-old bloody conflict.

Iran and the USA don’t have to be enemies

The contradict-ion couldn’t be more striking.

‘The only constant in life is change’

On November 29, 2019, The Daily Star announced the demise of its Star Weekend magazine and the birth of Toggle, quoting Heraclitus as a justification, but without giving him due credit.

Myanmar’s state of perpetual conflict

Report after report have confirmed the wave of appalling violence in Myanmar on its ethnic minorities, perpetrated by a well-trained, well-armed and state-sponsored organisation. Yet the world seems to be incapable of ending this horrifying situation, perhaps unprecedented since the Second World War. Why?

Trump’s wish to buy Greenland

Donald Trump. Boris Johnson. Marine Le Pen. Norbert Hofer. Are they ignorant? Short-sighted? Populist?

A priceless gem in Copenhagen

On a short trip to Copenhagen, my wife and I, having just visited the Little Mermaid and the Hans Christian Andersen museum, are wandering where to go next. Just then, by a sheer stroke of luck, someone at the tourist information centre casually mentions The

Why Suu Kyi is silent on the Rohingya issue

Aung San Suu Kyi's inability to speak up for the Rohingya in Myanmar has been a riddle. The Western world had elevated her almost to the status of sainthood, only to find that she is actually a politician, happy to switch sides as convenient.

Bangladesh: From a take-off stage to actual take-off

Budget implementation capacity of Bangladesh has been falling consistently for the last seven fiscal years, exposing poor capacity of government agencies, The Daily Star reported on June 4, 2018. Despite a sustained increase in GDP growth rate for over a decade, the implementing capacity has dropped from 97 percent in 2010-11 to a mere 78 percent in 2016-17, it further adds.

Why liberal arts education matters

In the Vatican, there is a fresco by Raphael called “The School of Athens.” It depicts an imaginary congregation of many of the great Greek polymaths, philosophers, painters, sculptors, poets, and scientists—the very shapers of modern western civilisation.

Rethinking our way forward

Recently, The Daily Star held a roundtable conference on how infrastructure development projects in Bangladesh can be better managed and the summary was published in the daily on December 12 which I read with interest.