Bangladesh is bordered on the west, north, and east by a 2,400-kilometer land frontier with India, and on the southeast by a land and water frontier (193 kilometers) with Burma.

With the easy access to international media and the expanding international awareness of the country, democratic values are increasingly known in Bangladesh. Regionally, India’s progress in creating a viable and decentralized democratic system is very visible in Bangladesh, as is the negative example set in Pakistan with its current military rule. Efforts by international organizations, other governments, and regional trading partners to stress human rights and democracy are increasingly coordinated and high profile. Yet reforms will largely come as a result of internal demand for good governance and enlightened leadership.