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The Army, UN Peacekeeping Mission and Democracy in Bangladesh

This article examines the role of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Bangladesh in pushing the army in a certain direction with regard to holding elections and supporting political parties. It analyses the reasons why the un peacekeeping mission has such a strong influence on the Bangladesh army and assesses the implications for future political developments of such foreign involvement. It further argues that whatever the limitations and excesses of democracy, army rule is no solution, rather it is necessary to strengthen democractic institutions and let democratic processes play themselves out. In this sense, the recourse to the army to bring in democracy in Bangladesh was not the best solution to the political impasse witnessed in 2007.

Indo-Bangladesh Economic Relations

The paper looks at the various aspects of Indo-Bangladesh trade relations, including cross-border illegal trade, the comparative trade regimes in the two countries, investment cooperation and the implications of the proposed Free Trade Agreement. It particularly explores the prospects and ways of increasing Bangladesh's exports to India, thus addressing the existing trade imbalance. The paper concludes that mutually beneficial agreements are facilitated if the various aspects of economic cooperation are seen in a comprehensive framework and if there is willingness in both countries to compromise and take a long view.

External Environment for Development in Third World

in Third World Nurul Islam This paper draws attention to several aspects of the external environment which are of particular relevance to the future of the food and agriculture sector of developing countries, such as the GATT negotiations on agricultural trade, physical environment and biotechnology. This is partly because of the predominance of agriculture-related policy issues in the majority of developing countries where agriculture plays a dominant rote in terms of employment, income, export earnings and import requirements. Also, changes in technology and physical environment relating to agriculture are subject to a high degree of uncertainty These issues are relatively new and knowledge about them is still evolving and as a result the formulation of possible policy options is in its early stages.
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