Skip to main content

Bangladesh: Checking Islamist Extremism in a Pivotal Democracy

Maneeza Hossain & Lisa Curtis

Abstract: Bangladesh, the world’s third largest Muslim majority nation, is facing challenges from violent Islamist groups. The government is cracking down on radical groupsand emphasizing the democratic principles of the country’s founding, but radical Islamism still threatens to undermine stability in Bangladesh. Radicalization and terrorism are directly linked to government corruption and a lack of trust in the representative political process. To build trust in the political process, Bangladesh needs to strengthen its democratic institutions and develop a culture of transparency in the government that fosters accountability and restrains corruption.

View PDF

Related Articles

Pakistan's Elusive Quest for Parity

Husain Haqqani

India is expanding by most measures of national power while Pakistan has been able to keep pace with it only in manufacturing nuclear weapons....

Continue Reading

Friends or Allies?

Aparna Pande

India will have to recognize that acquiring state-of-the-art US military technologies comes at a price....

Continue Reading

Bond With Modi Helps Obama’s India Visit Exceed Expectations

Richard Weitz

From being primarily a short-term transactional relationship, U.S.-India ties have begun to focus on achieving long-term mutual gains....

Continue Reading