Country of Focus: Bangladesh


Bangladesh is a country in South and Central Asia that borders India and Myanmar. Bangladesh has a population of approximately 168 million people. Contemporary challenges facing the country include the threat of terrorism and spread of violent extremism, ongoing social and economic inequality, and the need to improve government institutions. Bangladesh is the Priority 2 country of ten countries of focus identified in the Network research agenda.

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Bangladesh Research Themes of Interest

The RESOLVE Secretariat has identified the following possible themes of interest for researchers investigating the drivers of violent extremism in Bangladesh. Interested in contributing ideas for research themes or projects? Email us at and make sure to fill in the form at the bottom of the page.

* Public discourse on religious identity, sectarian violence, social cohesion, and community resilience to violent extremism;

* Religious claims around justice, security, and morality and the relationship between the state, religious actors and institutions, and the public;

* The role of state security institutions in influencing community responses to violent extremism and how security structures impact public views on extremism;

* The mechanisms and demographics of radicalization and the role of social identity and social mobility, particularly for youth, in collective community decisions to reject, passively support, or actively participate in violent social movements;

* Assessments of foreign fighter demographics and recidivism rates among former members of extremist groups and analysis of prison social networks, and family support networks for former extremists;

* Assessments of indicators of community resilience, social integration, and non-violent strategies employed by different community actors in response to violent extremism.

Bangladesh Research Library

The RESOLVE Network Secretariat team has compiled an ever-growing corpus of +3000 documents to form the basis of our Research Library. Below is a collection of articles about or relating to issues of governance, ideas, individuals, and violence in Bangladesh. Spanning disciplines from political science to anthropology, criminology and epidemiology, this searchable resource is a great tool for those new to the field and seasoned experts alike. Articles, reports, and papers will be added on an iterative basis. Interested in contributing a resource? Email us at

YearAuthorTitlePublication TitleUrl
2011Saidul Islam, Md"Minority Islam" In Muslim Majority Bangladesh: The Violent Road To A New Brand Of SecularismJournal of Muslim Minority AffairsWeb Link
2000Hossain, AkhtarAnatomy Of Hartal Politics In BangladeshAsian SurveyWeb Link
2003Lintner, BertilBangladesh Extremist Islamist ConsolidationFaultlinesWeb Link
1999Shehabuddin, EloraBangladesh In 1998: Democracy On The GroundAsian SurveyWeb Link
2000Shehabuddin, EloraBangladesh In 1999: Desperately Seeking A Responsible OppositionAsian SurveyWeb Link
2001Rashiduzzaman, Author MBangladesh In 2000: Searching For Better Governance?Asian SurveyWeb Link
2002Rashiduzzaman, Author MBangladesh In 2001: The Election And A New Political RealityAsian SurveyWeb Link
2003Jahan, RounaqBangladesh In 2002: Imperiled DemocracyAsian SurveyWeb Link
2004Jahan, RounaqBangladesh In 2003: Vibrant Democracy Or Destructive Politics?Asian SurveyWeb Link
2005Riaz, AliBangladesh In 2004: The Politics Of Vengeance And The Erosion Of DemocracyAsian SurveyWeb Link
2006Riaz, AliBangladesh In 2005: Standing At A CrossroadsAsian SurveyWeb Link
2007Hagerty, Devin TBangladesh In 2006: Living In "Interesting Times"Asian SurveyWeb Link
2008Hagerty, Devin TBangladesh In 2007: Democracy Interrupted, Political And Environmental Challenges AheadAsian SurveyWeb Link
2009Momen, MehnaazBangladesh In 2008: Deja Vu Again Or A Return To DemocracyAsian SurveyWeb Link
2010Momen, MehnaazBangladesh In 2009: The Peril WithinAsian SurveyWeb Link
2011D'Costa, BinaBangladesh In 2010: Digital Makeover But Continued Human And Economic InsecurityAsian SurveyWeb Link
2012D'Costa, BinaBangladesh In 2011 Weak Statebuilding And Diffident Foreign PolicyAsian SurveyWeb Link
1998Rashiduzzaman, M.Bangladesh' S Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord: Institutional Features And Strategic ConcernsAsian SurveyWeb Link
2014Gohel, Sajjan M.Bangladesh: An Emerging Centre For Terrorism In AsiaPerspectives on TerrorismWeb Link
1997Khan, Zillur R.Bangladesh's Experiments With Parliamentary DemocracyAsian SurveyWeb Link
2009Chowdhury, Mahbub Elahi; Ahmed, Anisuddin; Kalim, Nahid; Koblinsky, MargeCauses Of Maternal Mortality Decline In Matlab, BangladeshJournal of Health, Population and NutritionWeb Link
2009Panday, Pranab Kumar; Jamil, IshtiaqConflict In The Chittagong Hill Tracts Of Bangladesh: An Unimplemented Accord And Continued ViolenceAsian SurveyWeb Link
2016Wolf, Siegfried OCrackdown On Islamists: Bangladesh's New Campaign Against Jihadi Terror In PerspectiveSSRNWeb Link
2009S.M.Khasrul, Kazi; Quddusi, AlamCrisis Of Governance In BangladeshHimalayan and Central Asian StudiesWeb Link
2006Chowdhury, Mahbub Elahi; Ronsmans, Carine; Killewo, Japhet; Anwar, Iqbal; Gausia, Kaniz; Das-gupta, Sushil; Blum, Lauren S; Dieltiens, Greet; Marshall, Tom; Saha, Sajal; Borghi, JoEquity In Use Of Home-Based Or Facility-Based Skilled Obstetric Care In Rural Bangladesh: An Observational StudyThe LancetWeb Link
2005Paul, Bimal KantiEvidence Against Disaster-Induced Migration: The 2004 Tornado In North-Central BangladeshDisastersWeb Link
2010Paul, Shitangsu Kumar; Routray, Jayant K.Flood Proneness And Coping Strategies: The Experiences Of Two Villages In BangladeshDisastersWeb Link
2007Hussain, ImtiazFundamentalism And Bangladesh: No Error, No TerrorSouth Asian SurveyWeb Link
2003Riaz, AliGod Willing: The Politics Of Islamism In BangladeshComparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle EastWeb Link
2000Kochanek, Stanley AGovernance, Patronage Politics, And Democratic Transition In BangladeshAsian SurveyWeb Link
2013Ahmed, Syed Masud; Evans, Timothy G.; Standing, Hilary; Mahmud, SimeenHarnessing Pluralism For Better Health In BangladeshThe LancetWeb Link
2016Roul, AnimeshHow Bangladesh Became Fertile Ground For Al'Qaida And The Islamic StateCTC SentinelWeb Link
2007Pant, Harsh V.India And Bangladesh: Will The Twain Ever Meet?Asian SurveyWeb Link
2007Rahman, Mahbubur Md.Islamic Activism In Bangladesh: A Case Study Of The Jamaat-E-Islami BangladeshETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff LibraryWeb Link
2007Datta, SreeradhaIslamic Militancy In Bangladesh: The Threat From WithinSouth AsiaWeb Link
2007Vaughn, BruceIslamist Extremism In BangladeshCongressional Research ServiceWeb Link
2009Kumar, AnandJamaat And Its Agenda Of Islamic State In BangladeshStrategic AnalysisWeb Link
2006Mannan, Abdul Md.Militant Islamism In Bangladesh - Global Jihadist ConnectionPerceptionsWeb Link
1997Lewis, David J.NGOs, Donors, And The State In BangladeshThe Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social ScienceWeb Link
2002Donnell, Max R O; Bacos, Dimitri; Bennish, Michael LNutritional Response To The 1998 Bangladesh Flood Disaster: Sphere Minimum Standards In Disaster ResponseDisastersWeb Link
2011Riaz, Ali; Fair, C ChristinePolitical Islam And Governance In BangladeshWeb Link
1997Rashiduzzaman, M.Political Unrest And Democracy In BangladeshAsian SurveyWeb Link
2005Datta, SreeradhaPolitical Violence In Bangladesh: Trends And CausesStrategic AnalysisWeb Link
2013Cash, Richard A.; Halder, Shantana R.; Husain, Mushtuq; Islam, Md Sirajul; Mallick, Fuad H.; May, Maria A.; Rahman, Mahmudur; Rahman, M. AminurReducing The Health Effect Of Natural Hazards In BangladeshThe LancetWeb Link
2009Hashmi, Arshi SaleemReligious Parties And Militant Groups In Bangladeshi Politics: A Case StudySpotlight on Regional AffairsWeb Link
2009Mehrotra, MansiTerrorism In Bangladesh: A Security Threat For IndiaHimalayan and Central Asian StudiesWeb Link
2003Hossain, S M Moazzem; Kolsteren, PatrickThe 1998 Flood In Bangladesh: Is Different Targeting Needed During Emergencies And Recovery To Tackle Malnutrition?DisastersWeb Link
2001Taher, Muhammad; Matin, NilufarThe Changing Emphasis Of Disasters In Bangladesh NGOsDisastersWeb Link
2016Rahman, Mohammad AzizurThe Forms And Ecologies Of Islamist Militancy And Terrorism In BangladeshJournal for DeradicalizationWeb Link
2012Hasan, MubasharThe Geopolitics Of Political Islam In BangladeshHarvard Asia QuarterlyWeb Link
2010Rahaman, Muhammad MustafizurThe Limits Of Foreign Aid In Strengthening Bangladesh's Parliament: Analysis Of The U.N.'S Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy ProjectAsian SurveyWeb Link
2006Rozario, SantiThe New Burqa In Bangladesh: Empowerment Or Violation Of Women's Rights?Women's Studies International ForumWeb Link
2013Riaz, AliThe New Islamist Public Sphere In BangladeshGlobal Change, Peace & SecurityWeb Link
2003Devine, JosephThe Paradox Of Sustainability: Reflections On NGOs In BangladeshThe Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social ScienceWeb Link
2006Hossain, ManeezaThe Rising Tide Of Islamism In BangladeshHudson InstituteWeb Link
2008Karlekar, HiranmayThe Terrorism That Stalks BangladeshGlobal AsiaWeb Link
1998Buse, Kent; Gwin, CatherineThe World Bank And Global Cooperation In Health: The Case Of BangladeshThe LancetWeb Link
2016Fair, C Christine; Oldmixon, SethThink Again: Islamism And Militancy In BangladeshThe National InterestWeb Link
2016Riaz, AliWho Are The Bangladeshi 'Islamist Militants'?Perspectives on TerrorismWeb Link
2016Fair, C Christine; Hamza, Ali; Heller, RebeccaWho Supports Islamist Militancy In Bangladesh: What The Data Say?SSRNWeb Link
2016MacDonald, GeoffreyPreventing Violent Extremism through Inclusive Politics in BangladeshWeb Link
2016Meisburger, TimBangladeshÕs Democracy: According to its PeopleWeb Link
2016Political Conflict, Extremism and Criminal Justice in BangladeshInternational Crisis GroupWeb Link
2014Gohel, Sajjan M. Bangladesh: An Emerging Centre for Terrorism in AsiaPerspectives on TerrorismWeb Link
2008Ray, AnupamIslamic Radical Ideologies and South Asian Security: The Case of BangladeshCSISWeb Link
2013Safety and Security in the South-East Border Area of Bangladesh: A Public Perceptions SurveyBangladesh Enterprise Institute, Mitra and Associates, and SaferworldWeb Link
2016Bangladesh: Extremism & Counter-ExtremismCounter Extremism ProjectWeb Link
2012DeVotta, Neio; Timberman, DavidViolent Extremism and Insurgency in Bangladesh: A Risk AssessmentUSAIDWeb Link
2009Moniruzzaman, MParty Politics and Political Violence in Bangladesh: Issues, Manifestation and ConsequencesSouth Asian SurveyWeb Link

Bangladesh Research Blog

Highlights from the Bangladesh Community of Practice and other Bangladesh related information collected by the Network Secretariat.

December 12, 2016

Dec. 30 Application Deadline: 2017 RESOLVE Network Bangladesh Fellowship

Dec. 30 Application Deadline: 2017 RESOLVE Network Bangladesh Fellowship Click here to download the application (PDF). Click here to view and download application guidelines (PDF).  The […]
November 16, 2016

What We’re Reading #5 – Network Countries of Focus: Bangladesh

NOVEMBER 2016 This month, the RESOLVE Network team’s “What We’re Reading” post showcases research addressing concepts related to governance, ideas, individuals, and violence in the country […]

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