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Security risks in Bangladesh could rise

Monday, June 19, 2017

Subject

Security risks in Bangladesh.

Significance

Bangladesh confronts an array of security risks that could undermine its reputation as a moderate Muslim-majority state. These risks arise from three main sources: political party rivalries, militant Islamist organisations with links to international jihadi networks and domestically oriented Islamist groups that reject secularism.

Impacts

  • Tourism will be directly affected by further incidents of political and Islamist violence.
  • A rise in violence in Bangladesh could imperil projects associated with China’s One Belt One Road initiative.
  • Islamic State has threatened to attack foreign apparel firms doing business in Bangladesh, necessitating greater awareness.
  • Bangladesh’s security risk is lower than that of Afghanistan and Pakistan: there is no nationwide insurgency or state links to terrorists.
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