Bangladesh faces a host of Transnational Security Threats- starting from terrorism, arms- and drug smuggling, human trafficking, climate security, and financial crime to transnational organized crime- that jeopardize its already fragile economy and impede social and political development.
Bangladesh is geo-strategically significant for a number of reasons: It is the world's 7th most populous nation with more than 150 million people. It is also the third largest Muslim nation in the world in terms of demographic strength. Bangladesh sits in close proximity to two would-be superpowers- China and India. Hence, if unchecked, the transnational problems facing Bangladesh will have serious consequences for this entire region.
In this regard, this paper identifies the major transnational security threats facing Bangladesh, analyses how severe the threats are, and recommends measures to effectively address these challenges.