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 Seminar on Changing Global Dynamics: Bangladesh Foreign Policy on 10 January 2018 at BIISS auditorium. The Seminar was divided into two sessions. H E Mr Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP, Honourable Foreign Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, graced the Inaugural Session as the Chief Guest. In his speech he identified the priorities of contemporary foreign policy of Bangladesh which among others included deeper engagement with Europe, maritime cooperation and growth of blue economy, regional integration and multimodal connectivity, focusing on neighbouring countries and building effective partnership for economic interest with countries like India, China, Japan and the UK. In the session Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS, made a presentation on “Changing Global Dynamics: Bangladesh Foreign Policy”. Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS, chaired the Inaugural Session.
H E Mr Md Shahriar Alam, MP, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, was present as the Special Guest of the Seminar and as the Chief Guest of the Working Session. He said that Bangladesh will continue to pursue regional cooperation through SAARC, BIMSTEC, BBIN and BCIM-EC. He remarked that Bangladesh will move forward as long as it maintains the foreign policy dictum of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman which is “Friendship to all Malice towards none”. He also emphasised on continuity of foreign policy.
In the Working Session Professor Imtiaz Ahmed, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, gave a presentation on “Politico-Strrategic Aspects and Bangladesh Foreign Policy”, Dr Ahsan H Mansur, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) presented on “Economic Development and Bangladesh Foreign Policy”, Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) spoke on “Climate Negotiation and Bangladesh Foreign Policy” and Professor Tasneem Siddiqui, Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka, presented on “Global Human Movement and Humanitarian Issues and Bangladesh Foreign Policy”. The Working Session was chaired by Ambassador Muhammad Zamir, former Chief Information Commissioner of Government of Bangladesh. Mr Md Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, summed up the Session. He said that Bangladesh foreign policy has four pillars – pragmatism, peace and stability at the centre of foreign policy, innovation and humanitarianism. .
Senior officials from different ministries of Bangladesh, representatives from different organisations, ambassadors, media, academia, researchers, teachers and students from various universities participated in the open discussion and expressed their valuable opinions and observations on the topic.