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January 30, 2020

Bangladesh
One Year After a Contentious Election, Bangladeshis are Satisfied With the Country’s Direction

Geoffrey Macdonald is resident program director for Bangladesh and Vivek Shivaram is program officer for South Asia at the International Republican Institute. !function(){"use strict";window.addEv…

Graph: In general, would you say that things in Bangladesh are heading in the right direction or are they heading in the wrong direction?

January 22, 2020

Nigeria
Boko Haram Cuts Electricity to Maiduguri in Northern Nigeria

On January 20, the electric company serving Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, publicly stated that Boko Harm attacks on transmission lines and infrastructure had cut electricity service to the city on January 17, removing Maiduguri from the national grid. The electric company had promised to restore power soon.

A Boko Haram flag flies on transmission lines in Damasak, Borno, Nigeria, on March 24, 2015.

November 25, 2019

Religion
Religion and Foreign Policy: Bridging the Divide

Rebecca Linder Blachly, Shaun Casey, and Suhail A. Khan discuss how to best provide policymakers with contextual information as they debate and vote on issues pertaining to religion, with Brie Loskot…

Podcast Religion and Foreign Policy: Bridging the Divide

November 19, 2019

Kashmir
The Future of Kashmir

Panelists discuss recent political and military developments in Jammu and Kashmir, India’s domestic politics and democratic future, and U.S. policies in the region. ASTILL: Well, hello, everybody…

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November 13, 2019

Nigeria
Nigerian Police Use Live Ammunition Against Peaceful Demonstrators

Nigerian media is reporting that on November 12, the Nigerian police fired live bullets to disperse those protesting the continued imprisonment of Nigerian journalist Omeyele Sowore. The media descri…

Protestors facing police hold signs that read "DSS Obey The Court," and other things.

September 26, 2019

Malaysia
A Conversation With Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad discusses his tenure as Prime Minister and Malaysia’s relationship with the United States.

Podcast Mohamad

September 25, 2019

Bangladesh
A Conversation With Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh

BESCHLOSS: Hello, and welcome to the Council on Foreign Relations, ladies and gentlemen. Very pleased to be here today. It is with much excitement that I welcome Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangl…

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September 19, 2019

Nigeria
More Shiite Processions Met With Bloodshed in Nigeria

On September 10, members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a Shia religious and political movement, marched in different cities across the north of Nigeria to mark the beginning of Ashura, a major Muslim holiday and fasting period. In doing so, they defied the government, which, in July, had banned the group. The IMN later claimed that fifteen of their members had been killed after police opened fire on the various IMN processions. The police denied the claim.

Protesters sit and hold posters that say "Buhari Free Zakzaky."

August 20, 2019

Nigeria
Nigerian Shia Leader Zakzaky Alleges U.S. Involvement in Treatment in India

On August 13, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky arrived in India to receive medical treatment. Three days later, he returned to Nigeria having refused medical treatment. Upon his return, he was placed under arrest. He found his treatment in New Delhi to be unsatisfactory and objected to the tight security arrangements that had been put in place. He and some of his followers are claiming that the United States was behind his perceived poor treatment in India.

Protesters hold a sign that says "Free Zakzaky" and has images of the Nigerian Shia leader.

August 15, 2019

Nigeria
The Zakzaky Saga Continues in India, as Sheikh Seeks Medical Treatment

In August, the ailing Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and his wife, who have been in government custody since 2015, was allowed to receive medical attention abroad. He touched down in Delhi on August 13, though his visit has been mired in controversy. 

A protester holds a banner that reads, "Zakzaky needs urgent medical attention!"