The South Asia Center serves as the Atlantic Council’s focal point for work on greater South Asia as well as its relations between these countries, the neighboring regions, Europe, and the United States.

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Sun, Jul 12, 2020

Riaz in The Daily Star: A Tale of Misplaced Priorities

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Thu, Jul 2, 2020

South Asia midyear pause: Taking stock of 2020

The specific events of the year’s first six months might have taken us by surprise but the political-economic dynamics that have shaped South Asia’s response to these new challenges did not. Across the region democracy and freedom of expression are challenged, and protectionist impulses are indulged in flailing response to calamitous economic strife. And the United States continues its slide into strategic irrelevance, exercising little leadership or interest in building stronger ties to this vital region.

Feature by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Bangladesh

Thu, Jul 2, 2020

As the Sino-Indian rivalry heats up, watch Bangladesh carefully

Undoubtedly rivalry between India and China will intensify in South Asia in coming months and years ahead. With its position between the two rivals, Bangladesh will be a primary arena to watch the future competition.

New Atlanticist by Ali Riaz

Bangladesh China

Wed, May 27, 2020

Riaz as a panelist at the UC Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies: Vulnerable Populations and COVID-19: Bangladesh During a Global Pandemic

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Wed, May 13, 2020

Amid COVID-19, Bangladesh turns its back on Rohingya

Confronted with the need for increased coordination between aid agencies and government entities, Bangladesh has instead chosen to alienate the Rohingya community even further. Food is running out, water is running low, and essential programming to prevent gender-based violence in the camps has ground to a halt.

New Atlanticist by Imrul Islam

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Tue, May 12, 2020

Riaz in The Daily Star: Kajol might not be able to speak out, BUT WE MUST

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Human Rights

Tue, May 12, 2020

Riaz quoted in Nikkei Asian Review on COVID-19 and poverty in Bangladesh

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Mon, May 11, 2020

A pandemic of persecution in Bangladesh

Since COVID-19 hit the country in early March, the government has begun to hound journalists and social activists, arresting and throwing them into jail for criticizing the lack of preparedness and theft of relief materials by ruling party leaders allocated for the most vulnerable segments of society. By late March dozens of people, including journalists, academics, opposition activists, a doctor, and students, were arrested by the government for posting content on social media critical of the government.

New Atlanticist by Ali Riaz

Bangladesh Civil Society

Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Riaz as a panelist at the Center for International Private Enterprise: Assessing COVID-19 Control Measures & Prospects for Socio-Economic Recovery

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Wed, Apr 8, 2020

Bangladesh’s COVID-19 stimulus: Leaving the most vulnerable behind

The Bangladeshi government’s $8 billion stimulus package, about 2.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), primarily focuses on industries, particularly export-oriented ones. In doing so, the package intended to contain and mitigate the economic fallout of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) left out the most vulnerable sections of the society and the sectors which desperately need support.

New Atlanticist by Ali Riaz

Bangladesh Coronavirus