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May 03

How can Bangladesh Stop the Escalating Extremist Violence?

Escalating extremist violence in Bangladesh, including multiple murders of liberal activists and writers and attacks on foreigners and members of religious minorities, is causing alarm among the international community and threatening the future of the country’s fragile democracy. The Bangladeshi government has been criticized for its weak response to the rising extremist threat and for merely blaming the political opposition. In just the last month, a professor, liberal blogger, and human rights activist were all brutally murdered by extremists. Come hear a distinguished panel of experts discuss the current crisis and what needs to be done to protect liberal thinkers in Bangladesh and ensure the country stays on the democratic path. 

More About the Speakers

Opening Remarks by
Manpreet Singh Anand
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Followed by a Discussion with
Dr. Samina Ahmed
South Asia Project Director and Senior Asia Adviser, International Crisis Group

Dr. Ali Riaz
University Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University

Lisa Curtis
Senior Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation

Hosted By

Walter Lohman Walter Lohman

Director, Asian Studies Center Read More