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Simon Mohsin

  • Political and international affairs analyst
  • Tue, 12 Sep 23

Political and international affairs analyst

Pakistan Elections: Who, What, Why, How, and Where from Here!
Pakistan Elections: Who, What, Why, How, and Where from Here!

Parliament

Mon, 12 Feb 24

Pakistan Elections: Who, What, Why, How, and Where from Here!

Pakistan’s elections were anticipated by many analysts as one of the least credible in the country’s nearly 77-year history, owing to the military’s crackdown on Khan and his aides. It is labeled as a “selection” — not an election. Human rights monitors have condemned it as neither free nor fair. As voters cast ballots, the influence of Pakistan’s powerful military and the turbulent state of its politics were on full display. It is a vivid reflection of the generals’ ultimate hold on Pakistan’s troubled democracy.

Will Bangladesh be able to deal with geopolitical challenges by overcoming Myanmar border concerns?
Will Bangladesh be able to deal with geopolitical challenges by overcoming Myanmar border concerns?

Diplomacy

Thu, 8 Feb 24

Will Bangladesh be able to deal with geopolitical challenges by overcoming Myanmar border concerns?

As the tempo of conflicts within Myanmar remains fickle after months of dramatic insurgent advances since October 2023, the civil conflict (read war here) and its main focus has shifted to the state of Rakhine. The current situation in the region can well be termed as an escalation of decisive proportions as conflict with mainly the Arakan Army (AA) has spiked sharply. The stakes are very high not only for the Myanmar junta but also for the region. If the AA succeeds in building decisive control over the Rakhine state located between the Bay of Bengal and the Myanmar heartland, it will effectively present the military’s State Administration Council (SAC) regime with a defeat. This would not only thwart the Myanmar junta’s perceived strength, control, and cohesion over Rakhine, but also weaken the junta’s monopoly of power in the whole of Myanmar on a scale that would mean a strategic and political defeat.

Not Zero-Sum, Mutually Beneficial Approach will Be Key
Not Zero-Sum, Mutually Beneficial Approach will Be Key

Diplomacy

Sat, 20 Jan 24

Not Zero-Sum, Mutually Beneficial Approach will Be Key

The run-up to the Bangladesh national elections of January 7 were politically nerve wrecking for many stakeholders, as it seemed that the national elections of the country had seemingly become a high-stakes competition for global and regional politics. Stakes may not be so high, but the competition factor is a definite phenomenon that has been ongoing within and regarding Bangladesh for some time now. Whether it be termed from the purview of India’s buffer state priorities to BRI of China; from US strategic priorities of containing China to globally isolating Russia that has infrastructure interests in Bangladesh and has become an overt political advocate for Bangladesh recently. The added caveat or concern for many are the accusations of authoritarianism, totalitarian, and suppression of political rivals, withing which PM Hasina has returned to office for the fourth term.

Dhaka’s Diplomacy Demands Deeper Dexterity
Dhaka’s Diplomacy Demands Deeper Dexterity

Diplomacy

Thu, 11 Jan 24

Dhaka’s Diplomacy Demands Deeper Dexterity

Elections are over. Results are as anticipated. PM Hasina will lead Bangladesh for the fourth consecutive term. All concerns about how the elections will be are somewhat irrelevant now. The international community has begun responding to the elections of Bangladesh. On the morning of January 8, envoys of Russia, India, Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Brazil, Srilanka, Philippines, Singapore, Morocco, and even the diplomatic representative of Aga Khan Development Network paid a courtesy call on PM Hasina and congratulated her on her fourth term as PM of Bangladesh. Fifty countries have permanent envoys in Bangladesh and 11 of them have congratulate PM Hasina on her victory. The courtesy call is highly indicative of how the election or rather the election results are being received at least in the immediate region. More importantly, China, Russia, and India congratulating Bangladesh is quite significant. At the same time, the US and UK have also acknowledged the elections underscoring various but anticipated concerns.

Global Peace and Harmony– A Rarity
Global Peace and Harmony– A Rarity

Diplomacy

Sun, 31 Dec 23

Global Peace and Harmony– A Rarity

According to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in 2024, nearly 300 million people around the world will need humanitarian assistance and protection, due to conflicts, climate emergencies and other drivers. In East and Southern Africa, about 74 million people will need humanitarian assistance; in West and Central Africa, approximately 65 million people are in need; in the Middle East and North Africa, about 54 million people require assistance; and in Asia and the Pacific, about 51 million people need humanitarian assistance. The aforementioned is an UN estimate of the number of people that will need humanitarian assistance in 2024. The reasons for so many people requiring these assistances are categorically – conflict, climate induced crisis, and economic factors that are also intricately linked and created because of the former two.