Activities 2009

The 71st Board of Governors Meeting of BIISS was held at BIISS Auditorium at 1100 hours on 30 December 2009. This was the only Board of Governors Meeting held in this year. Major General Muhammed Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS chaired the meeting.

Following members of BIISS Board of Governors attended the meeting: Major General M Abdul Hafiz, ndc, psc, Chief of General Staff, Bangladesh Army; Rear Admiral M Farid Habib, ndc, psc, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Ops), Bangladesh Navy; Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari, ndu, psc, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Admin), Bangladesh Air Force, Professor Muzaffer Ahmed, Former Professor of Economics, Dhaka University; Rear Admiral Md. Khurshed Alam(C) ndc, psc BN (Retd), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS. Besides, Mr. Mostafa Kamal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Brigadier General Tawfiqul Anam, psc, G+ attended the meeting as representative of Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary respectively.

 

BIISS organized a seminar on Bangladesh War of Liberation: Aspirations, Achievements and an Outlook for the Future on 23 December 2009 to commemorate the 38th Anniversary of the Victory Day of Bangladesh. The objective of the Seminar was to assess the achievements of Bangladesh in a host of crucial areas of national endeavours like democracy, development, national security, foreign policy and culture in the backdrop of aspirations of the War of Liberation in the respective fields followed by the projection of an outlook for the future.

Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, MP, Deputy Leader of the House, Bangladesh Parliament graced the seminar as the Chief Guest. Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, BB, Adviser to the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh was present as the Special Guest. Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS delivered the Welcome Address .

Five papers were presented in the seminar. Professor Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue presented a paper on Development which was followed by a presentation on Democracy by Mr. Hasanul Haque Inu, MP, Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication. Major General Helal Morshed Khan, BB, psc (Retd), Convenor, Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Central Command Council made a presentation on National Security. Presentations on Foreign Policy and Culture were made by Ambassador K. M. Shehabuddin, Former Ambassador of Bangladesh and Mr. Aly Zaker, Prominent Cultural Personality and an Awardee of Ekushey Padak respectively. Major General Muhammed Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS, chaired the session.

In the Open Discussion of the seminar there were active participation by academia, media, government officials, business circles, representatives from the civil society and other concerned professionals. It may be mentioned here that every year BIISS organizes this seminar on the occasion of the Victory Day focusing on the topics of national security, foreign policy and related issues.

The Australian High Commissioner Dr Justin Lee and the Minister of the Japanese Embassy Mr Harumitsu Hida handed over the final report of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND) to Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, the Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in a ceremony at BIISS Auditorium on 17 December 2009.

The ICNND's report was launched by Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in Tokyo on 15 December 2009. It is intended to reinvigorate global debate on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

Director General, BIISS, Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, Chairman of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Dr Mosharraf Hossain, and Director of the UN Wing at the Foreign Ministry Nahida Sobhan, all attended the ICNND's South Asia regional meeting in New Delhi in October 2009.

At the handover ceremony Dr Lee explained the report was the work of an independent commission established by the Australian and Japanese government, and it did not reflect the policy position of any government. The report is intended to stimulate debate and provide forward looking options and possibilities for consideration.

A two-day International Conference on Human Security Approach to Counter Extremism in South Asia: Relevance of Japanese Culture was held at BIISS Auditorium from 24 November 2009 to 24 November 2009. The Conference was organised by BIISS with the support of the Japan Foundation. Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS delivered the welcome address. Advocate Shahara Khatun, MP, Hon'ble Minister for Home Affairs 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 Dr. Moonis Ahmar, Professor and Chairman, Department of International Relations, University of Karachi, Pakistan on State of Human Security in South Asia (click here for the paper) and Prof. Sahadevan Ponmoni, Chairperson, Centre for South, Central, South East Asia & South West Pacific Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India on Mapping Extremism in South Asia. The discussants were Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Brigadier General Shahedul Anam Khan, ndc, psc, (Retd.), Editor, Strategic Affairs, The Daily Star, Bangladesh respectively. Major General Sheikh Md. Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS chaired the session.

In the Second Working Session presentations were made by Prof. Gamini Keerawella, Head, Department of History University of Pearadeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka on Human Security and Extremism in Sri Lanka: Synergy and Conflict (click here for the paper), Dr. Anindya Jyoti Majumdar, Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India on Human Security and Extremism in India: Synergy and Conflict and Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, Research Director, BIISS on Human Security and Extremism in Bangladesh: Synergy and Conflict (click here for the paper). The discussants included Mr. A.K.M. Abdus Sabur, Research Director, BIISS, Dr. A T Salahuddin Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow, BIISS and Dr. M. Enamul Hoque, Former Inspector General of Police, and Member, Law Commission, Bangladesh. The session was chaired by Ambassador M. Maroof Zaman, Additional Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh.

Major General Muhammad Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, BOG, BIISS chaired the Third Working Session. Papers were presented by Prof. Dr. Bishnu Hari Nepal, Former Ambassador of Nepal to Japan on Human Security and Extremism in Nepal: Synergy and Conflict , Dr. Shaheen Akhtar, Research Fellow, Regional Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan on Human Security and Extremism in Pakistan: Synergy and Conflict (click here for the paper) and Mr. Osamu Miyata, Associate Professor, University of Shizuoka, Japan on Human Security as a Policy Tool in Japan (click here for the paper). The discussants were Dr. Abdur Rob Khan, Associate Professor, North South University, Dhaka, Air Cdre Ishfaq Ilahi Choudhury, ndc, psc, (Retd), Registrar, The University of Asia Pacific, Dhaka and Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed, Professor, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka respectively.

In the Fourth and Concluding Session Mr. Katsuhisa Furukawa, Fellow, Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Tokyo, Japan and Dr. Shaheen Afroze, Research Director, BIISS presented papers on Japan and its Culture of Peace: Relevance for South Asia (click here for the paper) and A Comparative Study of the Solutions and their Practicability (click here for the paper) respectively. Ambassador Jamil Majid, Former Principal, Foreign Service Academy and Former Ambassador of Bangladesh to Japan and Prof. Syed Anwar Husain, Department of History, University of Dhaka were the designated discussants. Prof. Muzaffer Ahmad, Former Chairman, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Member, Board of Governors of BIISS was present as Chief Guest at the Concluding Session . Major General Sheikh Md. Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, Director General, 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).

BIISS launches the book entitled National Security Bangladesh 2008, a yearly publication of the institute on 24 November 2009. The cover of the book was un-wrapped by Advocate Shahara Khatun, MP, Hon'ble Minister for Home Affairs, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh at BIISS Auditorium. Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director. Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), conducted the review of the book. Amongst others Major General Muhammed Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS and Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS were present in the launching ceremony of the book. The book offers multidisciplinary levels. This volume is the second one in the series and covers the developments in the year 2008.

 

 

 

A four member delegation led by Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS participated in the 5th Plenary Meeting of Regional Network of Strategic Studies Center held at New Delhi, India from 18-20 November 2009. The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) hosted this meeting. The goals of the meeting were to discuss various strategic issues of interest in plenary session and continue making progress on the work plans by the four working groups. The other participating members from BIISS were Colonel A K M Nazrul Islam, afwc, psc, G, Research Director, BIISS, Mr. A K M Abdus Sabur, Research Director, BIISS and Mrs. Neila Husain Choudhury, Senior Research Felloew, BIISS. They represented the institute in the Weapons of Mass Destruction/Border Security Working Group,  Non-traditional Security Issues Working Group and Democracy and Governance Working Group respectively. Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, represented in the Combating Terrorism Working Group of the network. The Network is a partnership of strategic study centers primarily located in the Near East South Asia region, and currently enjoys involvement from over thirty centers. This plenary was attended by more than 100 participants from 21 different countries and 28 member organizations of the RNSSC

A four-day workshop on National Security and Civil-Military Relations in Bangladesh was held at Hotel Westin, Dhaka from 16-19 November 2009. It was jointly organized by Bangladesh Institute of International Strategic Studies (BIISS) and Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) with the support of Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Mr. H. T. Imam, Adviser to the Honourable Prime Minister, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh was the Chief Guest at the Inaugural Session of the Workshop (click here for the Chief Guests address). Major General Muhammed Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS delivered the welcome address (click here for the welcome address). Mr. Farooq Sobhan, President, BEI chaired the session. COL (Retd) David Shanahan, Acting Dean, APCSS, USA also spoke at the Inaugural Session (click here for the address).

The aim of the workshop was to discuss the priorities Bangladesh faces in achieving national security development and civil-military interactions, how these priorities should be ranked, and what challenges lie ahead in seeing the ideas formulated are materialized into permanent practices. Forty high-level Bangladeshi officials/ practitioners from the security and civil sectors including expert and think-tanks deliberated upon the national security and civil-military relations priorities, challenges to the priorities and the response needed to face the challenges. Beside the two plenary sessions, on day one, there were several sessions of the workshop in which key note speeches were delivered by distinguished speakers.

In the first plenary session, presentations were made on National Security Priorities by Dr. M. Afsarul Qader, Vice President and COO, BEI (click here for the paper) and Major General Helal Morshed Khan, BB, psc (Retd), Convener, Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad, Central Command Council. Mr. Farooq Sobhan, President, BEI chaired the session.

The second plenary session was chaired by Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS. Brigadier General Shahedul Anam Khan, ndc, psc (Retd), Editor, Defence and Strategic Affairs, The Daily Star presented paper in this session on Civil-Military Relations (click here for the paper).

The other paper presenter on first day was Dr. Abdur Rob Khan, Associate Professor, North South University, Dhaka who spoke on National Security and Civil-Military Relations in Bangladesh.

On the second day Lieutenant General M Harun Ar Rashid, BP, rcds,psc (Retd), Former Chief of Army Staff, Bangladesh Army (click here for the paper) and Mr. Mahfuz Anam, Editor, The Daily Star, Dhaka made presentations on Issues and Challenges to Civil-Military Relations in Bangladesh. On the third day Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed, Professor, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka spoke on Meeting the Challenges to Civil-Military Relations in Bangladesh.

In the Concluding Session on Fourth day Final Report: Priorities, Challenges and Responses of the workshop was presented by the participants (click here for the Final Report). Mr. Farooq Sobhan, President, BEI and LTG (Ret) E. P. Smith, Dire