Bangladesh

Australia begins to step it up in the northeast Indian Ocean
Australia begins to step it up in the northeast Indian Ocean
Australia’s focus on building the India relationship has led to the relative neglect of other important Indian Ocean states. This has left a hole in its Indo Pacific strategy. …
Indian Ocean step-up
Indian Ocean step-up
Like Australia in the Pacific, India has been pursuing its own Indian Ocean island step-up, largely driven by concerns about China’s growing influence in the region. This has…
Minorities under attack in Bangladesh
Minorities under attack in Bangladesh
Last month, a series of attacks on religious minorities in Bangladesh shook the country’s typically pluralist outlook. The violence began after a Facebook post from Comilla…
Mango diplomacy is more than low-hanging fruit in South Asian politics
Mango diplomacy is more than low-hanging fruit in South Asian politics
Recently Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sent a local variant of sweet mangoes known as Haribhanga to her counterparts in India and Pakistan. Why mangoes? The mango…
A rising Bangladesh starts to exert its regional power
A rising Bangladesh starts to exert its regional power
The recent announcement that Bangladesh would provide US$200 million in aid to Sri Lanka is an important turning point as that country moves from being an impoverished supplicant…
Understanding Bangladesh’s most potent religious opposition
Understanding Bangladesh’s most potent religious opposition
India holds a special place in the history of the creation of Bangladesh. In 1971, under then–Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, India played a pivotal role in offering diplomatic,…
Bangladesh: Sculptures, statues and hard-liners
Bangladesh: Sculptures, statues and hard-liners
The High Court of Bangladesh has directed that action be taken against those involved in causing damage in recent weeks to sculptures, statues and murals in the country. At the…
Bangladesh’s balancing act between great powers
Bangladesh’s balancing act between great powers
Recently in a tweet, Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi complained that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “has destroyed the web of relationships that the Congress built and…
In Bangladesh, Covid adds to a list of maladies
In Bangladesh, Covid adds to a list of maladies
The Covid-19 situation has had a devastating effect on the local economy, the brunt being borne by the country’s export-oriented garments industry. It has propelled owners of…
Bangladesh: Fight the power or shut up?
Bangladesh: Fight the power or shut up?
Hip-hop artists have long used rap music to launch cultural protests about social injustice, police brutality, inequality and discrimination.  Songs such as Tupac Shakur’s …