BANGLADESH IN THE MIRROR: AN OUTSIDER PERSPECTIVE ON A STRUGGLING DEMOCRACY

Bangladesh has just gone through one of the most traumatic phases of its history. For most of 2006 and the first ten days of 2007, normal life in the country was completely disrupted as the ruling coalition, consisting of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the Jamaat-i-Islam, was confronted a coalition of opposition parties led by the Awami League, mainly over the way in which the next elections were to be held.