Issues and Events in Bangladesh Foreign Policy in 2022: A CBGA Assessment

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The KRF Center for Bangladesh and Global Affairs (CBGA, Dhaka) has launched a landmark initiative of publishing its yearly assessments of selected events, issues and challenges in foreign policy, global affairs and major challenges in the world. The research team of the CBGA has identified a host of issues and events that dominated contours and discourse of bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India in 2022. It is the first volume on Issues and Events in Bangladesh Foreign Policy in 2022. The events and issues covered in this volume were published as a series of CBGA Briefs in 2022. The book has also covered briefs and opinion pieces published by the researchers of the CBGA in different national and international dailies and online portals in 2022. The volume will be immensely beneficial to the scholars, students and observers of Bangladesh and its foreign policy, foreign policy analysis, international relations, disciplines of social sciences and humanities and analysts of different backgrounds. The insights of the papers in the book will also be of great interest to policy makers, diplomats and international donors. It is the first of its kind in Bangladesh by a think-tank and thus merits serious attention both from academic and policy perspectives.

Foreign policy of Bangladesh demands continuous and micro-level analysis of bilateral, regional and international developments. Bangladesh demonstrated its strong presence in regional and global domains through its foreign policy decisions and domestic achievements in 2022. The country has become a major actor in regional and global politics. Many argue that Bangladesh has been transformed from a norm taker to a norm promoter in contemporary international relations. Bangladesh has been a glaring example in the promotion of ‘peaceful international relations’ after giving shelter to more than 1.2 million forcibly displaced Rohingyas in its territory. It is also worthy to note that Bangladesh promotes friendly and cooperative relations with all nations – big or small. The volume is divided into four sections which concentrate on Bangladesh’s bilateral relations with major development partners, including India, China, Japan, the USA, the UK, EU, multilateral diplomacy and major issues in its domestic arena with implications for diplomacy and foreign policy. The diversity and multidimensional issues and events in Bangladesh foreign policy as the volume vividly reflects the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina in leading the diplomatic journey of Bangladesh.