Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organised a Lecture on The United States and the Indo-Pacific Region on 30 January 2018 at BIISS auditorium. H. E. Mr. Daniel N. Rosenblum, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of South and Central Asia, the US Department of State, delivered a Lecture on “The United States and the Indo-Pacific Region”. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS, delivered the address of welcome. Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS, chaired thesession and delivered the concluding remarks. H. E. Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, the US Ambassador to Bangladesh, was also present during the lecture.
In his Lecture, H. E. Mr. Daniel N. Rosenblum affirmed the United States’ commitment to promote trade, transformative infrastructure, connectivity, and stability inthe Indo-Pacific region. He said that the region carries spceical significance to the US as the country shares its longest maritime border and has several long-standing treaty allies in the region. Being an Indo-Pacific country, the US has a major stake in the success of the region. Rapid economic growth in this region during the last few decades has lifted millions out of poverty and allowed for the development of a thriving middle class. He further added that Bangladesh is a remarkable success story in this regard, reaching lower middle-income status after consistently achieving more than 6 per cent for the past 10 years. The US greatly appreciates its security partnership with Bangladesh and highly value its role in maintaining international peace and security as one of the world’s largest contributors of international peacekeeping forces. He identified the key priorities of the United States in the Indo-Pacific reagion, that include reinforcing freedom of the seas and peaceful resolution of territorial and maritime disputes, strengthening military relationship and developing strong defense network with its allies, and expanding economic connectivity, and so on.
Representatives from different organisations, former ambassadors, diplomats of different countries, officials from different ministries of Bangladesh, media, members of academia, researchers, teachers and students fromvarious universities participated in the open discussion and expressed their valuable opinions, observations and questions on the topic.
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organised a lecture titled “Reconciling Divided Societies, Building Democracy and Good Governance: Lessons from Sri Lanka” at its auditorium in Dhaka on Tuesday, 23 May 2017, where H. E. Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Former President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka was the Guest Speaker. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS delivered the address of welcome while Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS, chaired the session and delivered the closing remarks.
Mrs. Kumaratunga highlighted different aspects of the Sri Lanka’s post civil war reconciliation and peacebuilding process. She also discussed her country’s present state of democracy as well as good governance. Mrs. Kumaratunga emphasised on pluralistic, multicultural and diversified society in South Asia. In her lecture, she identified terrorism as one of the main challenges in South Asia.
Officials from different ministries of Bangladesh government, representatives of different embassies, representatives of different international and national organisations, former ambassadors, researchers of different institutes, high officials of different civil and military institutions, media and specialised academia participated in the open discussion and raised their valuable opinions, observations and questions to the seminar
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organised the Country Lecture on “France: Its challenges and Foreign Policy” on 13 April, 2017 at BIISS auditorium. The lecture was delivered by H. E. Mrs. Sophie Aubert, Ambassador of France to Bangladesh. She spoke about the various challenges France is facing both in domestic and foreign field. She also spoke about France’s foreign policy in the contemporary world.
The lecture was inaugurated and chaired by Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS. High-level military officials, scholars, academia, officials from law enforcement agencies, policy makers, current government officials, members of diplomatic corps, representatives from development partner organisations and media were present and participated in the open discussion session. They highlighted on issues related to the lecture.
As a part of BIISS Country Lecture Series (CLS), BIISS organised its 14th Lecture on “Bangladesh-EU Relations: A Multifaceted Partnership” at BIISS Auditorium on 06 October 2016. H.E. Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon, Head of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Bangladesh was the Guest Speaker on the event. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS delivered the address of welcome while Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS wrapped up the session. Officials from different ministries of Bangladesh government, representatives from different international organisations, members of diplomatic corps, academicians, journalists from print and electronic media participated in the open discussion and gave their valuable opinions, observations, questions and suggestions on how Bangladesh and EU can consolidate their existing ties of friendship and cooperation in the coming years.