Taj Hashmi

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Professor of Security Studies at Austin Peay State University. His recent publications include Global Jihad and America: The Hundred-Year War Beyond Iraq and Afghanistan.

March 10, 2017
March 10, 2017

Another regression therapy for Bangladesh?

A recent move by the Government to allow child marriage under special circumstances is tantamount to excluding many Bangladeshis from the benefits of growth and development.

February 4, 2017
February 4, 2017

Corruption in Bangladesh: Perceptions vs. reality

The country has already become a lower middle-income country. So far so good! However, these indexes don't always tell us the whole truth about the states of governance, corruption, poverty,...

January 25, 2017
January 25, 2017

Obama's legacy, racism, and Trump's victory in America

As there are multiple causes and factors behind most events, so is Donald Trump's election victory not attributable to any single factor.

November 22, 2016
November 22, 2016

Attacks on minorities in Bangladesh: No longer a “communal issue”

Recently, Muslim mob attacks on Hindu houses and temples in Nasirnagar (Brahmanbaria) and elsewhere in Gopalganj, Chittagong, and Sunamganj districts in Bangladesh have drawn wide media attention,...

November 3, 2016
November 3, 2016

Foreign Policy article on Bangladesh: A Most Unfortunate Conclusion

It’s absurd! It's preposterous to suggest that around 40 percent of Bangladeshis favour suicide terrorism. Yet this is what some American think tanks and “expert analysts” have recently come...

October 19, 2016
October 19, 2016

Should America intervene in Yemen?

While Americans are engrossed in Donald Trump's vulgar and offensive comments on women, and allegations about his sexual misconduct with multiple women in the past, seemingly the US...

October 8, 2016
October 8, 2016

Suing Saudi Arabia for 9/11: Another American obsession

Americans since the founding of the United States seem to be in a perennial state of narcissist obsession.

September 12, 2016
September 12, 2016

Fifteen Years after 9/11: Is America any safer?

Is America Any Safer” is the cover story of this September's Atlantic magazine. CNN and other media outlets are also commemorating

August 6, 2016
August 6, 2016

Terrorists in Bangladesh

The poor, marginalised, and uninformed madrasa students in Bangladesh are too weak and disorganised to spearhead any violent or revolutionary movement. This explains why urban, rich, and secular...

July 28, 2016
July 28, 2016

Countering terrorism in Bangladesh

Politicians and law-enforcers in Bangladesh, from time to time, hype up both panic and complacency by publicizing the following: “terrorists everywhere” or “no terrorists anywhere”, in the country....