India–Bangladesh economic ties gain momentum

Two Indians drive a three-wheeler loaded of tree branches, outskirts of New Delhi, India. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Tridivesh Singh Maini, JSIA

While attention has focused on India’s strained ties with its neighbours, some notable strides have been made in the bilateral relationship with Bangladesh. Progress on the political front has captured the spotlight, with the recent Land Boundary Agreement. But both sides have also made significant progress in developing their economic ties and connectivity.

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Bangladesh needs to get serious about counterterrorism

A Bangladeshi woman walks past an armed policeman as he stands guard on a street early in the morning in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Iftekharul Bashar, RSIS

The recent killing of a Hindu priest in the north of Bangladesh is reflective of the continued threat of terrorism in the country. The so-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for more than 10 attacks since September 2015. Read more…

Bangladesh transforms despite its vicious politics

n overview of a floating vegetable market for the poor people besides the rail tracks close to the station during the country wide strike at Mohakhali in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1 January 2015 (Photo: AAP)

Authors: Tom Felix Joehnk and Forrest Cookson

Bangladesh’s social, economic and political development is one of the great success stories of the past 25 years. But today it is Bangladesh’s politically dysfunctional ‘battling begums’ — Sheikh Hasina of the ruling Awami League (AL) and Khaleda Zia of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — that hold the country back.

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Political stability is the key to growth in Bangladesh

Activists of the ruling party supported Awami League's labour front Sramik League shout slogans as they are stopped by the law enforcement officials while they have marched towards the Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in Dhaka, Bangladesh 09 February 2015 (Photo: AAP)

Author: Fahmida Khatun, CPD

Bangladesh’s year started with political turmoil when the opposition party — the Bangladesh Nationalist Party  — protested, demanding free and fair elections. Read more…

Still a way to go for a middle-income Bangladesh

Bangladeshi people walk on a street early morning in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, 1 October, 2015. The World Bank has recently reassessed Bangladesh as a middle-income country. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Fahmida Khatun, CPD

Bangladesh’s recent graduation to the World Bank’s lower-middle-income category from a low-income category was only a matter of time. The country experienced steady growth in the 2000s and boosted its per capita income. Its from a mere 2.8 per cent in the 1970s to 6 per cent in the 2010s, and per capita income increased from only US$90 in 1973 to US$1314 in 2015. Read more…

The international politics of Bangladeshi ‘boat people’

Migrants sit on their boat as they wait to be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Mubashar Hasan, BISRT & Griffith University

The issue of Bangladeshi ‘boat people’ has recently come to light following a series of high-profile crackdowns on human trafficking in Southeast Asia. Read more…

Islamist militancy on the rise in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi activists campaigning for capital punishment, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, April 11, 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Iftekharul Bashar, RSIS

Islamist militant groups in Bangladesh are showing signs of revival. According to Bangladeshi authorities, militants from at least two banned outfits — Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) — are preparing for attacks in the country, including targeted assassinations involving individuals whom they consider apostates or obstacles to establishing an Islamic State in Bangladesh. Read more…