Bangladesh is a critically important neighbor for India, and one with great impact on India—both positive and potentially negative. On the positive side, Bangladesh is a country of approximately 160 million people making great progress on human development, with an economy consistently growing between five and six percent, and with ambitions to reach lower-middle income levels by 2021.
Authors: Mark P. Lagon and Andrew Reddie Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
Reflecting upon the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, Ambassador Mark Lagon and Andrew Reddie suggest that it is in the interest of corporations to protect their employees' safety, rights, and freedom rather than being beholden only to their share price.
Jagdish Bhagwati examines the current feud in Bangladesh between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Mohammed Yunus, the founder of the microloan-making Grameen Bank, and hopes the affair will pave the way to liberal reforms that will transform the Bangladeshi economy.
This report details the proceedings of a symposium to consider the significance of recent political developments in Bangladesh, convened by the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention and the United States Institute of Peace.
This USIP report looks at increasing Islamist violence in Bangladesh. The report argues that recent years have seen a deepening crisis in governance with continued politicization of civil society, deterioration of judicial independence, and diminishing rule of law and respect for human rights. Following a countryside terrorist attack in August 2005 and recent suicide bombings, the government has begun cracking down on selected individuals, and questions persist about the government's dedication to respond decisively to Islamist terrorism, conduct free and fair elections in 2007, and address the deterioration in the rule of law and respect for human rights.
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The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.