Activities 2010

A two-day International Conference on Promoting Security Sector Reform in South Asia: Lessons from Japanese Experience was held at BIISS Auditorium from 14 December 2010 to 15 December 2010. The Conference was organised by BIISS with the support of the Japan Foundation. Colonel A K M Nazrul Islam, afwc, psc, G, Acting Director General, BIISS delivered the welcome address (click here for the welcome address). Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Faruk Khan, psc (Retd), MP, Hon'ble Minister for Commerce Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh was the Chief Guest at the Inaugural Session of the Conference. H. E. Mr. Tamotsu Shinotsuka, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh was present as Special Guest at the Inaugural Session. Major General Muhammed Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS, chaired the session.

Beside Bangladesh the scholars from India, Japan Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka presented papers in the conference. In the First Working Session papers were presented by Brigadier General Shahedul Anam Khan, ndc, psc (Retd), Editor, Defense and Strategic Studies Affairs, The Daily Star, Dhaka on Security Sector Reform: A Conceptual Analysis (click here for the presentation) and Dr. Toshiya Hoshino, Professor, Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University, Osaka, Japan on Self-Defence Forces: Reform and Development (click here for the presentation). Major General Muhammad Abdul Matin, ndu, psc (Retd), Former Director General, BIISS chaired the First Working Session.

In the Second Working Session presentations were made by Mr. Kamal Kumar, IPS (Retd.), Honorary Senior Fellow, Centre for Public Affairs, New Delhi, India on State of Security Sector Reform in South Asia: An Indian Perspective (click here for the presentation), Dr. Maqsudul Hasan Nuri, Acting President, Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), Islamabad, Pakistan on State of Security Sector Reform in South Asia: A Pakistani Perspective (click here for the paper) and Dr. Masaki Kudo, Deputy Assistant Director, Central Asia and the Caucasus Division, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tokyo, Japan on Police Reform in Post-War Japan: Lessons for South Asia” (click here for the presentation). The session was chaired by Mr. Abul Hasan Chowdhury, Former State Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador (Retd) Dr. M. Afsarul Quader, Vice President, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) chaired the Third Working Session. Papers were presented by Mr. Rana Banerji, Head-Task Force (IR), Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi, India on Security Sector Reform in India (click here for the presentation), Dr. M. Jashim Uddin, Senior Research Fellow, BIISS, Dhaka on Security Sector Reform in Bangladesh (click here for the presentation) and Professor Dhruba Kumar, Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS), Nepal on Security Sector Reform in Nepal (click here for the presentation).

In the Fourth and Concluding Session Ms Salma Malik, Assistant Professor, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan (click here for the paper) and Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan, Head, Department of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka presented papers on Security Sector Reform in Pakistan and Security Sector Reform in Sri Lanka respectively (click here for the presentation). Mr. A. K. M. Abdus Sabur, Research Director, BIISS presented the Summary Proceedings of the Conference. Major General Muhammad Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, BOG, BIISS chaired the Concluding Session. In the Open Discussion of the sessions of two-day conference there were lively participation by academia, media, government officials, business circles, representatives from the civil society and NGOs as well as other concerned professionals (click here for the proceedings).

A five member delegation from the China Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS) led by Major General Yan Jiangfeng (Retd), Vice Chairman of the institute visited Bangladesh on invitation of BIISS from 05 December 2010 to 10 December 2010. The other members of the delegation were Major General Li Rui (Retd), Senior Advisor, CIISS, Mr. Zhang Linchu, Senior Research Fellow of CIISS, Mr. Hu Yumin, Senior Research Fellow of CIISS and Mr. Jiang Weiqing, Program Officer and Research Fellow of CIISS. During their stay in Bangladesh the Delegation visited Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT) at Rajendrapur Cantonment, National Martyrs Monument at Savar, Coxs Bazar Sea Beach and called on Dr. Dipu Moni, MP, Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh, General Md Abdul Mubeen, ndc, psc, Chief of Army Staff, Bangladesh Army, Lieutenant General Abdul Wadud, ndu, psc, Principal Staff Officer, Armed Forces Division and Major General Muhammed Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS. The Delegation also participated in a day-long Seminar "BIISS-CIISS" Dialogue organized at the BIISS Auditorium. The visiting delegation members exchanged views with BIISS Faculty on each others research undertakings and put emphasis on promoting and reinforcing the cooperation, the mutual exchange of information, the improvement of research and academic programs, and also the exchange of experts and researchers of the two institutes.

 

The Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organized a seminar on Look Africa: An Emerging Foreign Policy Option for Bangladesh in Dhaka on Thursday, 02 December 2010. Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Adviser to the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh was present as Chief Guest (click here for the speech). Colonel A K M Nazrul Islam, afwc, psc, G, Acting Director General of BIISS delivered the Address of Welcome (click here for the speech). In the seminar, three papers were presented. Prof. Dr. Syed Anwar Husain presented a paper on Bangladesh and Africa: Changing Realities, Opportunities and Challenges. Dr. Mohammad Mahfuz Kabir and Mr. Sharif Mosharraf Hossain, Research Fellows at BIISS, jointly presented a paper on Why Look Africa: An Analysis of Economic Potential for Bangladesh (click here for the presentation). Brigadier General Ilyas Iftekhar Rasul, ndc, psc, (on LPR) presented a Bangladesh paper on Bangladeshs Contribution to UN Peace Keeping Missions in Africa (click here for the paper). The seminar was attended by foreign dignitaries, government officials, academicians, civil society members and representatives from electronic and print media. The seminar was chaired by Major General Muhammad Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, Board of Governors of BIISS (click here for the proceedings).

 

DR. KABIR PARTICIPATED IN CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

Dr. Mohammad Mahfuz Kabir, Research Fellow of BIISS, participated in the Conference titled Korea-South Asia Cooperation in an Era of Rising South Asia, held at LOTTE Hotel World, Seoul, South Korea, on 25 November 2010. The Conference was organised by Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), a leading government think-tank of South Korea, and sponsored by National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences (NRCS). The Conference brought together prominent scholars, including a number of policymakers, from South Asia as well as from the South Korean academia. Topics related to Trade, FDI, and regional dynamics of South Asia (including SAARC and SAFTA) were discussed and ideas for strengthening Korea-South Asia cooperation were shared. Dr Kabir presented a paper in the conference titled Non-economic Obstacles in the Prospects of SAARC & SAFTA in the Conference. He made another presentation in the Panel Discussion session of the Conference titled Bangladesh-South Korea Trade and Economic Cooperation: Current State and Future Options. Dr Kabir also participated in a Seminar titled South Asia Pool Seminar: SAFTA and the Developments of Trade Policies in South Asia, organised by KIEP, held at KIEP Auditorium, Seoul, on 26 November 2010. In the Seminar presentations were made on the trade policies of three major countries of South Asia ? Bangladesh, Pakistan and India ? focusing on bilateral and regional trade agreements. Dr Kabir made a presentation in the Seminar titled Bangladesh's Trade Policy: Focus on Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements. Eminent scholars from South Asian and South Korea were present in the event.

 

BIISS CHAIRMAN ATTENDED ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE CONSORTIUM OF NTS-ASIA AT SINGAPORE

Major General Muhammed Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, Board of Governors of BIISS attended the 4th Annual Convention of the Consortium of Non-Traditional Security (NTS)-Asia, held on 25-26 November 2010 at the Traders Hotel, Singapore. The Convention was organised by Centre for NTS Studies, Secretariat of the Consortium of NTS-Asia. Similar to previous years, the convention brought together members of the Consortium to take stock of the salient NTS issues in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as to formulate ways forward to sustain the Consortium's activities.

Colonel A K M Nazrul Islam, afwc, psc, G, Acting Director General of BIISS attended the 10th Bi-Annual International Conference of the Council for Asian Trans-national Threat Research (CATR) held in Manila, Philippines from 27-29 October 2010. The theme of the conference was the Emerging Landscape of Transnational Threats: Taking CATR to the Next Level. The Conference was organized by the CATR and the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR), with the support of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) of the United States. The Conference was attended by 39 participants from Afganistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and United States. Colonel Nazrul presented a paper on Water Security: Bangladesh Perspective in the conference.

 

 

 

As part of Eminent Persons Lecture Programme of BIISS Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, MP, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Education, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh delivered a lecture on Education in Bangladesh: Present State, Challenges and Future Outlook at BIISS Auditorium on 21 September 2010 at 1100 hours The lecture was followed by a lively question and answer session in which there were active participation by academia, media, government officials, diplomats, business circles, representatives from the civil society and other concerned professionals including experts and practitioners on the related field. Major General Golam Mohammad, nwc, psc, Director General of BIISS delivered the Address of Welcome and Major General Muhammed Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS chaired the session (click here for the Welcome Address) (click here for the proceedings).

 

 

Mr. Mahbubur Rashid Bhuiyan, Research Officer of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) attended a Conference on International Relations from 08 August 2020 to 14 August 2010 at the Mansfield College, Oxford, UK. The English Speaking Union (ESU) of the Commonwealth organized this Conference. Thirty participants from different countries attended the