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.