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December 4, 2013

India
When Protests Halt Progress

If I were to describe a country that has achieved around 6 percent economic growth for much of the last decade, has the eighth largest population in the world, has delivered maternal and child health…

Smoke rises as a bus burns on a street after a nationwide strike was called, in Dhaka

January 7, 2014

Politics and Government
No Winners in Bangladesh

I’ve been an optimist about Bangladesh for some time now—its national development miracle, amazing social entrepreneurs, strong civil society and women-led microfinance, 160 million-strong brand of m…

People look at burnt textbooks after a primary school which was supposed to be used as a polling booth was set on fire, in Feni

January 3, 2014

China
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of January 3, 2014

Darcie Draudt, Will Piekos, and Sharone Tobias look at the top five stories in Asia this week. 1. Cambodian police fire on garment protesters, killing at least three. Police fired on garment workers…

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February 14, 2014

China
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of February 14, 2014

Lauren Dickey, Darcie Draudt, Charles McClean, Will Piekos, and Sharone Tobias look at the top stories in Asia today. 1. Secretary Kerry visits South Korea, China, and Indonesia on Asia tour. U.S. s…

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December 27, 2013

India
Top 10 South Asia Stories of 2013

In a year of many tumultuous events, these ten developments stood out—in my personal view—as the most consequential stories for India and South Asia. It was a year of many elections, of protests, and…

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December 27, 2013

Japan
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of December 27, 2013

Darcie Draudt, Will Piekos, and Sharone Tobias look at the top five stories in Asia this week. 1. Japanese prime minister pays his respects to Yasukuni Shrine. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid his res…

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October 3, 2014

International Organizations
Gaining Ground at the UN Human Rights Council

Below is a guest post by Daniel Chardell, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) wrapped up it…

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 3, 2014.

April 24, 2014

Trade
A Guide to the Rana Plaza Tragedy, and its Implications, in Bangladesh

One year ago today, April 24, the world watched with horror as a concrete building known as “Rana Plaza” cracked, buckled, and ultimately collapsed atop the garment workers inside its factories. It w…

Rana Plaza Tragedy

October 28, 2014

India
Bangladesh: Capitalist Haven

Earlier this month, the Pew Research Center released the second of two major reports detailing findings from a global public opinion survey on economic issues conducted last spring in forty-four coun…

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March 11, 2015

Politics and Government
IMF Worried About Bangladesh’s Growth

Bangladesh has been wracked by political protests over the past two years. Paradoxically, despite the country’s dysfunctional politics, its economy has done well. Last year, the all-important garment…

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