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Bangla Nexus – a review

A deep dive into international geopolitics from the POV of Bangladesh

Update : 02 Mar 2024, 02:53 PM

Diving into Bengal Nexus feels like embarking on an enlightening journey across the complex geopolitical landscape with Rajeev Ahmed as your sage guide. This is not your run-of-the-mill academic tome; it is a vibrant, thought-provoking exploration of Bangladesh's place in the world, crafted by a geopolitical analyst with a knack for making intricate global dynamics feel accessible and downright fascinating.

Rajeev Ahmed brings to life Bangladesh's strategic playbook with such clarity and insight that it is hard not to be drawn in. Whether you are a student trying to get your head around international relations, a policy geek hungry for new perspectives, or just someone curious about the world, Bengal Nexus is like finding a goldmine of understanding in the often-murky waters of geopolitics.

The book is sectioned into four parts, each delving into different aspects of Bangladesh's geopolitical dynamics -- from its evolving role within the Bay of Bengal to the transformative landscape of digital warfare and the intertwined relationship between economic development and defence capabilities, culminating in an exploration of public perception's impact on defence policymaking.

What sets Rajeev's work apart is his ability to demystify the complex interplay of global geopolitics, geostrategy, and geoeconomics with unparalleled clarity. His narrative is fortified by his contributions to numerous publications, and his insights shared on his blog,, which have collectively influenced policy discourse both within and beyond Bangladesh's borders.

The book's first section meticulously charts Bangladesh's strategic positioning within the Bay of Bengal, shedding light on the historical and contemporary challenges it faces, from environmental vulnerabilities to cybersecurity threats and transnational crime. This analysis is not just descriptive but prescriptive, offering a forward-looking perspective on how Bangladesh navigates or should navigate these multifaceted challenges with innovation and strategic foresight.

In the succeeding sections, Rajeev Ahmed ventures into the digital age's warfare landscape, highlighting Bangladesh's engagement with advanced technologies like drones and cyber defence mechanisms. This discourse is not confined to the military realm but extends to how these technologies are used for socio-economic resilience, highlighting Bangladesh's initiative-taking adaptation to the digital revolution.

The narrative further unfolds to reveal the symbiotic relationship between economic growth and defence capabilities, underscoring the strategic partnerships and international engagement that bolster Bangladesh's global standing. Rajeev's analysis illuminates how economic vitality underpins defence modernisation, propelling Bangladesh onto the global stage as a confident and influential actor.

Most provocatively, Bengal Nexus delves into the realm of public perception and media, examining their pivotal role in shaping and being shaped by national defence strategies. Ahmed advocates for an informed citizenry, transparent governance, and responsible journalism as cornerstones of a democratic society that supports and understands the complexities of defence policies.

Bengal Nexus is more than a book; it is a vision of Bangladesh's assertive place and identity in the global arena. Rajeev Ahmed, with his erudite pen, has not only charted the contours of Bangladesh's security and sovereignty strategies but has also captured the spirit of a nation striving to forge its destiny amidst the global geopolitical whirlwind.

This book is a treasure trove for anyone keen on deciphering the labyrinth of global geopolitics through the lens of a nation that, while often overlooked, plays a pivotal role in the regional and international stage. Rajeev Ahmed's Bengal Nexus is a clarion call to the world, highlighting the importance of adaptability, foresight, and a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of today's geopolitical landscape. It is, without doubt, essential reading for those looking to grasp the pulse of modern geopolitics and the dynamic role of nations like Bangladesh in shaping a more interconnected, secure, and prosperous world.

Sameer Ahmed is a lecturer as the department of film and television, Jagannath University. 

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