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Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Dr. Ali Riaz

Members may wish to read an excellent article providing background on the situation in Bangladesh. You may link to it by clicking here.

After a series of attacks on religious and ethnic minorities and secular and liberal activists in 2015, a high profile terrorist attack on a café in an upscale neighborhood in the capital Dhaka on 1 July 2016 catapulted Bangladesh into the media spotlight. The responsibility for the attack, which cost 29 lives including five attackers, was claimed by the Islamic State. These developments in Islamist militancy have co-evolved with the use of Islamist rhetoric in politics and the ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s acquiescence to more exclusivist Muslim identity. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s alignment with the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami has provided the Islamists a political space. Taking place in the context of signficant economic growth in the past decades, flawed elections in 2014 and an increasingly shrinking democratic space, these developments raise concerns about the future trajectory of the country. This presentation explores these developments and their implications for the country, the region and the global politics.

Dr. Ali Riaz is Professor and the Chair of the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University where he teaches political science. In recognition of his international reputation as an expert on South Asian politics and Political Islam, Riaz has been designated “University Professor” at Illinois State University. He previously taught at universities in Bangladesh, England, and South Carolina, USA, and also worked as a Broadcast Journalist at the British Broadcasting Service (BBC) in London. In 2013, he served as Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at Washington D.C.

Sponsor of this Program -Patricia Bishop, Seabolt Brokers

Patricia Bishop is a real estate agent for Seabolt Brokers specializing in listing and selling historic and waterfront properties. Her listings can be viewed here.

The Savannah Council on World Affairs is grateful to Patricia for her support.

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