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  • Bangladesh – Past imperfect and future tense?
    April, 2007 By Avanti Bhati

    Following months of political ambiguity and turmoil which oversaw the complete subversion of the constitution, political stability currently being enjoyed in Bangladesh, has been ushered in, not by a democratically elected government with the backing of popular mandate, but by a caretaker government having the tacit support of the armed forces. It is these developments that merit a closer view of the events that have led to present day Bangladesh and assess what the future portends for the fledgling nation state.

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  • Interview with Nikolay Paunov, President of Liberal Politilogical Institute (LPI)
    April 2007 By Ranjini Ramaswamy

    Nikolay Paunov is the President of the Liberal Politological Institute (LPI) in Bulgaria. In this short interview, he explores his concerns about the 21st century, the complex dynamic that is terrorism and the ways in which to address the West-Islam discord.

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  • Preventing Global Conflicts
    27th February 2007 By Sundeep Waslekar

    After the peaceful end to the conflict between the NATO and Warsaw Treaty groups in the last decade of the last century, a hope was kindled that the new world order might adopt non-violent ways of preventing and resolving conflicts. This hope did not last for long. The twenty first century was inaugurated with an attack on Pentagon and the World Trade Centre by Al Qaeda. In its first half decade, it has seen new wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon. There is a talk of a war in Iran. If wars are launched at this pace, the twenty first century might prove to be the most devastating of all.

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  • The Long Walk beyond Freedom
    27 February, 2007 By Ilmas Futehally

    Johannesburg is a city of contrasts. There are the rich areas and the poor areas. There are the posh suburbs with huge homes, electric fences running around them and the townships made up of thousands of tin huts surrounded by huge mounds of garbage waiting to be cleared. An aerial view of the city shows the hinterland as dry grasslands...

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  • Experiments in Arab Renaissance
    February, 2007 By Gitanjali Bakshi

    Dr. Muthanna Al-Omar and Dr. Hossam Hamdy are not only accomplished scientists in their specialized fields but they have also contributed to technological discourse in the Middle East. Dr. Muthanna Al-Omar is the former Executive Director of the Arab Science and Technology Foundation, an establishment that has made pioneering efforts to stimulate intellectual growth in Arab countries through financial and information resources. Dr. Hossam Hamdy is the Vice-Chancellor for Medical Colleges and the Dean of the College of Medicine at Sharjah University. I met them recently at their offices in Sharjah University.

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  • The New East
    27 February, 2007 By Sahiba Trivedi

    Ambassador Ortwin Hennig is the Vice President and the Head of Conflict Prevention Program of the East West Institute at Brussels. His previous assignments include the Commissioner for Civilian Crisis Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Peace Building in the German Government; diplomatic postings in Afghanistan, Russia, German Representation at the European Commission and the OSCE in Vienna. He has also served the Office of the German Federal President as a Foreign Policy Advisor. Ambassador Hennig is an alumnus of the NATO Defence College in Rome having specialized in arms control and security policy matters.

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  • Questioning Nadia Al Saqqaf, Editor of Yemen Times
    February 12, 2007 By Ranjini Ramaswamy

    Yemen Times editor-in-chief and publisher, 29-year-old Nadia Al-Saqqaf won the first “Pulitzer of the Arab region” in December, the 2006 Gebran Tueni Award. The dynamic change maker spoke to SFG about the prize, the realities of the region and profession she works in and her future plans…

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  • Questioning Bashir Goth, Editor of Awdal News
    February 12, 2007 By Ranjini Ramaswamy

    Bashir Goth is a veteran Somali poet, journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and the editor of the popular and controversial website Awdal News. In his essays and other non-fiction work he poetically examines ways that can contribute to political, economic and social progress in the Middle East and Somali-land. He is also a regular commentator for The Washington Post’s dynamic online platform, PostGlobal. Mr. Goth shares his views on various subjects with SFG.

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