U.S. Foreign Policy toward Bangladesh
In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the threat of militant Islamist terrorism rooted in the Middle East and South Asia has taken center stage in U.S. foreign policy. While these violent religious extremists represent a minority view, their threat to the United States and its allies is real (Moore 2011). Since 9/11, understanding and keeping apace of the evolution of U.S. foreign policy constitutes an imperative task in understanding the international security landscape. Given recent events such as the U.S.—India nuclear treaty, the grant of $2.29 billion of U.S. aid to Pakistan, and failures in the Afghan reconstruction process and political development, South Asia has become one of the major foreign policy focal points of Barack Obama’s presidency. In this context, Bangladesh has become an important strategic partner for America because of its geostrategic location, relations with the major competing powers (China and India) in the Indian Ocean basin, and the spread of radical Islamist militancy.
KeywordsForeign Policy Terrorist Group Political Violence Extremist Group Muslim World
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