20 August 2015
In the late 2000s and early 2010s, Bangladesh, which for years had been an international symbol of poverty and catastrophe, seemed to have reached a kind of stability. The country’s economy, powered by its garment industry, was posting some of the highest growth rates in Asia and grabbing textile jobs from China and other countries.
The government announced that it could become a middle-income country by 2021. And after a brief period of military rule in the mid-2000s, Bangladesh, which has witnessed 19 military coups in its 40-year history, seemed to be edging toward stable democracy, with regular elections, a vibrant civil society and a boisterous online media.
… As Iftekharul Bashar, an associate research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore notes, Bangladesh has risen nearly 20 places in the Global Terrorism Report in just four years.
ICPVTR / Online
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