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    U.S. Interests Lie in a Democratic Bangladesh

    The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week held a hearing on labor and trade issues in the aftermath of the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza last April that killed over 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh. While these issues are important, Congress should also focus on the current challenges … More

    U.S. Should Support Postponing Elections in Bangladesh

    The Bangladesh government’s announcement late last month that parliamentary elections would be held on January 5 has been met with much opposition. Current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the ruling Awami League party eliminated the constitutional requirement to install a neutral caretaker government to oversee elections, prompting the major opposition … More

    Bangladesh Spring Turns Violent

    At least 44 people have been killed in the past two days in protests in Bangladesh following the third conviction by a war crimes tribunal set up to investigate the role of Islamist political leaders in Bangladesh’s independence movement in 1971. The recent spurt in violence follows a month of … More

    Bangladesh Coup Attempt Shows Extremist Groups Remain Active

    The Bangladeshi army revealed today that it had foiled a coup attempt linked to Islamist extremists last month. Army officials said they uncovered a plot by 16 serving and retired military officials who conspired to overthrow the elected Sheikh Hasina government in order to establish an Islamist regime. While Bangladesh … More

    Bangladesh PM’s trip to China: India Watching Closely

    Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent trip to China, following close on the heels of her January trip to India, demonstrates Bangladeshi leaders are leveraging the country’s increasingly important geostrategic position vis-à-vis Asia’s two rising powers.  India is watching closely and with a certain degree of concern China’s growing interest … More