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January 2020

People's Republic of Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a fragile democracy that emerged out of the dissolution of the British Raj at the end of the Second World War. Locked into an unrealistic union with Pakistan, of which Bangladesh existed as the remote exclave of East Pakistan, until a war led to its independence in the 1970's, the country's politics are still haunted by the divisions caused by its fissure from Pakistan. The country's dense population and lush climate ought to be opportunities for development in both the industrial and tourism spheres, but this has never taken place in large part due to the nation's abysmal infrastructure. Political instability has recently infected the country's south as it proves institutionally incapable of providing for the needs of mass influxes of Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar.

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