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Democracy, governance and the future of Bangladesh's regional relations in South Asia

Public Lecture

Thursday 6th December 2012, 6.30pm to 8pm, Room NAB.2.14, New Academic Building, LSE

Speaker: Shamsher M. Chowdhury

Chair: Ruth Kattumuri

Over the past decade the perception of Bangladesh in the West has veered from it being seen as a dysfunctional democracy with weak democratic institutions, to a scenario where it is poised to become one of the new Asian tiger economies. The realities on the ground are far more complex and subtle. With the next general election in 2014, a political impasse remains to be resolved over how a free and fair election will be conducted.

Mr Shamsher M. Chowdhury will discuss some of the key challenges facing Bangladesh’s democracy today, its prospects of becoming a sustainable democracy and its foreign relations in the South Asia region.

Mr Shamsher M. Chowdhury is a decorated freedom fighter, former Foreign Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh and former Ambassador to the US. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and also the party’s principal spokesperson on foreign affairs.

Dr Ruth Kattumuri| is Co-Director of the LSE Asia Research Centre.

Additional Information

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email arc@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 7615.

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Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban, the National Parliament of Bangladesh
Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban, the National Parliament of Bangladesh