Democracy in Bangladesh: Selected Essays from the Harvard Conferences in 2008, 2009

University Press Limited, Dhaka, 2011

This volume is based on selected papers from two conferences on Bangladesh at Harvard University in 2008 and 2009.  It covers a variety of challenging topics, ranging from linkages between democracy and security to effects of a given electoral system on political stability, micro-national autonomy for sub-regional peace, terrorism and its counter-forces, to NGOs’ role in development and social change, intra-regional cooperation in conflict mitigation, and refugee related violence in South Asia. A common theme that runs through the eight chapters of this volume is the felt need for multidimensional interactions in the continuous search for a common ground on which negotiations could happen for the resolutions of issues, problems and conflicts at different socio-politico-economic levels. Presenters at the Harvard Conference on Bangladesh whose selected papers appear in this volume as edited chapters comprise academics, policy implementers, researchers and consultants. The commonality tying them together is their quest for understanding the complex process of democratization for sustainable, multifaceted political development of Bangladesh.

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