The Death of Democracy in Bangladesh


Democracy in Bangladesh hangs in the balance, and an upcoming election will mark a critical inflection point.

  • Atif Ahmad, Michael Kugelman
  • Image: Reuters
  • The National Interest

It’s not often that armed motorcyclists attack a U.S. ambassador, but that’s exactly what happened to Marcia Bernicat, Washington’s envoy in Bangladesh, one night this past summer.

Bernicat was leaving a dinner party in Dhaka on August 4 when men on motorbikes chased her vehicle and threw bricks. No perpetrators were named in the assault, which left her unharmed.

The incident showcased the violent and increasingly fraught politics of Bangladesh that could soon transform the…

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