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ISBN: 978 984 881 517 5

Cover Type: HB

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Trends in Militancy in Bangladesh: Possible Responses

By Farooq Sobhan (Editor)

Publisher(s): Bangladesh Enterprise Institute    The University Press Limited (UPL)   

First Published: 2010 No. of Pages: 148 Weight (kg): 0.5

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Bangladesh has witnessed rising Islamic radicalization, extremism and militancy in various manifestations for more than 10 years. In the aftermath of 9/11, religious militancy has intensified in South Asia. The dramatic rise in terrorist activities in recent years has taken on the form of bomb explosions and suicide bombings generating fear, undermining political stability and hurting business confidence. Although there were no terrorist incidents during the immediate-past caretaker government's tenure from 2007 to 2008, militant organizations have been actively regrouping and involved in expanding the radicalization process to recruit and motivate people, particularly youth, in their ideology. Assessment drawn from recent events indicates that while the terrorist groups may have maintained a tactical silence for some time, they continue to strengthen their organizational capacities in order to pose a serious security threat to the country in the immediate future. Recent investigations reveal that the JMB remains active even after the execution of its top leaders in March 2007. This volume (outcome of the two successive day-log conferences; first one on 28 February 2008 and the second one on 11 June 2008) undertakes a comprehensive effort to identify the real causes and trends of terrorism in Bangladesh focusing on substantive case studies, empirical evidences from across the country. The capacity of law enforcement agencies and the lapses of the present legal regime on countering terrorism are also examined in an effective manner. Finally, the book emphasizes the importance of pivotal balancing role of civil society and the other stakeholders between mainstream and the dissident's views so that legitimacy crisis may not occur significantly in Bangladesh. The volume should be of interest to policymakers and the other stakeholders working in the field of counter terrorism.

This book features in: Academic and Reference Books International Relations and Security Studies Bangladesh Studies State and Governance

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