Bangladesh in 2011: Weak Statebuilding and Diffident Foreign Policy
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University of California Press
Bina D’Costa, ‘Bangladesh in 2011: Weak Statebuilding and Diffident Foreign Policy’, Asian Survey, 52(1) 2012: 147-56.
Bangladesh has achieved some impressive social and developmental goals in its health and education sectors. It has also effectively dealt with the adversities caused by the downturn of the global economy, and focused on strengthening its military capabilities to protect its national interests. However, environmental issues, growing international scrutiny about a fair war crimes trial, human rights concerns, the India-Bangladesh border, and transit and water sharing arrangements remain key challenges.