Bangladesh in Global Peacekeeping: Military as a Soft Power in Portraying the Country as a Responsible Power

Manish Jung Pulami

A Research Scholar/Doctoral student at the Department of International Relations, South Asian University (SAU) in New Delhi, India. Email:


Bangladesh is one of the largest contributors of armed forces to the UN peacekeeping operations around the globe. The country has successfully presented itself as a responsible member of the international community by upholding and preserving the values of global peace and international security. Thus, drawing the facts from Bangladesh’s role in global peacekeeping, the study has forwarded the idea of military as a soft power, highlighting the country’s remarkable contribution to peacekeeping missions. It also illustrates the critical role of soft power for any country to rise as a responsible power. The study has pointed out optimistic and overwhelming international and local responses in enhancing the global image, thus, proving peacekeeping missions as a soft power for Bangladesh. The study explains that this has illustrated Bangladesh as a rising responsible power in the international community. It focuses that Bangladesh’s response to a particular conflict issue around the globe has demonstrated that it adheres to normative, idealistic, and moral values of maintaining peace and international security. The study also points out some of the challenges faced by Bangladesh in peacekeeping missions which could hinder its pathway as a responsible power.

Keywords: Bangladesh, peacekeeping, responsible power, global peace, military, soft power


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