Joseph Allchin is a journalist and observer of the political economy of the greater Bay of Bengal region. His work has appeared in The Economist, The Financial Times and many other publications.

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The Standoff in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi security forces in a suburb of Dhaka where people have gathered to pray following Ramadan, July 7, 2016

The July 1 massacre in Bangladesh was quickly claimed by ISIS. But viewed from up close, the recent history of Islamist extremism in Bangladesh suggests that both the government and its critics may be missing the underlying story, in which both ISIS and local groups have a part. The ruling party’s clumsy and authoritarian response to recent violence and opposition protests may also be encouraging radicalization.