Shamsher M. Chowdhury, BB

The writer is a former Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh and Ambassador to the United States and a decorated freedom fighter.

May 19, 2017
May 19, 2017

Faruq Ahmed Choudhury: A consummate diplomat

While engaging an adversary, Faruq Choudhury demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and tact, his strongest tools being his ubiquitous charm and ready wit.

February 11, 2017
February 11, 2017

An oasis in a volatile region

The Arab Spring that started with the self immolation of fruit vendor Mohamad Bouazizi in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid in December 2010 had all the markings of a people's revolution breaking out against long running autocratic governments, especially in North Africa and the Middle East.

December 15, 2016
December 15, 2016

Balancing strategic friendship

The two-day official visit of India's Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to Bangladesh has drawn understandable attention in the media and of political analysts alike for more reasons than one.

November 27, 2016
November 27, 2016

Time to act

In an op-ed piece I had written for this daily shortly after the historic elections in Myanmar in November 2015, I had expressed my fear that among all the euphoria that followed Aung San Suu Kyi's thumping victory, the fate of the disenfranchised and persecuted

October 26, 2016
October 26, 2016

Hillary set to win

As America stands less than three weeks away from actual voting day, all indications are that the next occupant of the most powerful office in the country, and perhaps in the world, will be Hillary Rodham Clinton.

August 21, 2016
August 21, 2016

Will Hillary Clinton create history come November?

In a little over two months from now, history may be created if Hillary Clinton is elected the first woman president of the United States of America. Some assert, the question now is not 'if' she will win but by 'how much'.

March 23, 2016
March 23, 2016

More on restructure, thin on politics

That the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) could finally get its much delayed 6th National Council on the road on March 19...

December 9, 2015
December 9, 2015

Pakistan still in denial and self-deceit

More than four decades on, the present day government of Pakistan has unabashedly and deliberately chosen to deny history. This is not just shameful; it is infinitely more immoral.

November 21, 2015
November 21, 2015

Is everyone celebrating?

The NLD also faces a powerful local rival in the Arakan National Party (ANP) that has been accused of stoking anti Muslim sentiments and has even called for the deportation of the Rohingyas. The ANP won most of the 29 national level seats in Rakhine and has a decisive control of the state's regional assembly.

September 29, 2015
September 29, 2015

The land of the rising sun rises again?

In a move that saw Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nationalist government facing the stiffest resistance from pacifists and opposition parliamentarians alike, the Japanese Diet (Parliament) last week voted into law a bill that will allow Japan to deploy its military in combat roles beyond its territorial boundaries for the first time in seven decades.