We often wonder what life would be like if certain situations had of played out differently. Mark Katz reflects back on the summer of 1977, when he and 3 other interns joined the US State Department Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs. One of those fellow interns was Condoleezza Rice – the 66th US Secretary of State. Mark recounts his experience of working along side Condoleezza, her determination to rise to the top and the encounter with the Deputy Secretary of State which changed the future of her career for life.
Mumita Tanjeela discusses the progression of female political participation in Bangladesh. Despite two female prime ministers in recent decades, women in Bangladesh still face many obstacles in having their voice heard within the political arena. The author discusses now civil society organisations and NGOs have been critical in challenging Bangladesh’s patriarchal perceptions, and supporting women to engage in the public sphere.
Dr. Rene Wadlow is highlighting for alochonaa.com individuals who have enriched culture and built trans-frontier bridges of understanding. Lalon Shah, a Baul of Bengal, is such an artist. The avenues of inner peace of the Bauls merit being more widely known.
This poet’s corner presents two poems from South Asia. Reshma Parvez writes on India’s political context, as she reflects on the election atmosphere in the lead up to the 2014 election. Albaab Habib writes from Bangladesh and uses the imagery of white stripes to allude to the experiences we pass by on our journey through life, exploring the spirit of youth and vitality.
The drone industry is booming as more and more nation-states begin research and development on these new age weapon’s platforms. Alcohonaa.com Editor Liam Maddrell explains the wide ranging impacts drones are having on the nation state currently deploying them more than anyone else; the United States, and how drone development threatens Democratic Peace and democracy.
Shafiqur Rahman states the exigencies of domestic politics are often the driving force for large democracies to change their foreign policy, with India being no exception. In recent decades, India’s foreign policy has dramatically changed since the new collation took power. Everything indicates that power will change in the ongoing Loksobha Election, but whether neighbouring Bangladesh will see any substantial change in policy from Delhi will depend on whether the new government finds change to be expedient.