Activities 2008-09

A delegation from National Management College, Lahore, Pakistan visited BIISS on 10 June 2009. The eight member delegation was headed by Dr. Imtiaz H. Bokhari, Directing Staff of the college. They were briefed about the aims, objectives, current setup and activities of BIISS through a presentation by Research Director Colonel A K M Nazrul Islam, afwc, psc, G. Delegation members also attended a presentation on SAFTA and Present Status by Mr. A B M Ziaur Rahman, Research Fellow of the institute. The presentations were followed by exchange of views with the faculty members on contemporary issues during the discussion session. Director General of the Institute Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc gave the welcome speech and chaired the discussion session.

 

 

The 4th International Turkish Asian Congress, was held in Istanbul on 27-29 May 2009. It was aimed to study and discuss themes of institutionalization and cooperation on the basis of regional organizations in Asia and was organized by Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies (TASAM). The project of the conference was planned with the purpose of contributing to rapid development of a stable cooperation process oriented towards following closely the developments surfacing in Asia, analyzing the information gathered, developing a consistent and applicable vision for future, easily overcoming troubles that may arise, and benefiting in the best possible manner from opportunities that will safeguard mutual interests. Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, Director General BIISS took part in the conference and presented a paper entitled SAARC Institutionalized Approach to Countering Terrorism. The paper focused on forming a Regional Task Force as a concept to countering terrorism in South Asia as envisaged by the Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as one of her political manifestos. The conference which was planned to contribute to the development of tolerance, cooperation and communication between Turkish and Asian peoples and to the achievement of global peace and stability was a great success.

Ms. Bea M. ten Tusscher, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dhaka, Bangladesh called on DG BIISS on 10 June 2009. She was briefed about the aims, objectives, current setup and activities of BIISS. The Ambassador also exchanged views in a discussion session with the Research Directors of the institute on contemporary issues including the areas of cooperation. Director General of the Institute Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc chaired the discussion session.

 

 

 

 

Dr A T Salahuddin Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow, BIISS, participated in an international Symposium on Water Security: China and the World, jointly sponsored by China Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS), Beijing, and Michael Eric Bosman Hotung Foundation (MHF), Hong Kong, on 25-26 May 2009, in Beijing Hotel, Beijing, China. In the Symposium, Dr Ahmed made a presentation on Reflecting on International Co-operation on Water Security. The Symposium's key aims were to discuss issues entailing water security situation and its impact, water security strategy, and international co-operation on water security. The Symposium was also attended by participants from India, France, Germany, South Korea, the Netherlands, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

 

A Roundtable Discussion on Countering Radicalization in South Asia: Bangladesh Perspective was held at BIISS Auditorium on 25 May 2009. Professor Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka initiated the discussion on the subject. The whole discussion was a very lively and rewarding one as most of the participants were experts and practitioners on the related issue. Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, Director General BIISS delivered the Address of Welcome and chaired the session (Click here for the Proceedings).

 

 

 

Panel Discussion on Climate Change and Bangladesh's Diplomacy was held at BIISS Auditorium on 19 May 2009 at 1100 hours. Dr. Ainun Nishat, Country Representative, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) initiated the discussion (Click here for the paper). The Panelists took part in the discussion included Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman, Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP), Dr. M. Asaduzzaman, Research Director, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), Dr. A. Atiq Rahman, Executive Director, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). The presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session. Beside the BIISS Faculty Members, it was also attended by invited guests, including experts and practitioners on the related field. Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, Director General BIISS delivered the Address of Welcome and chaired the session (Click here for the Proceedings).

 

A two member BIISS delegation led by Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS participated in the Eighth Biannual Symposium of the Council for Asian Terrorism Research (CATR) on Cultural Education as a Tool for Counter-Radicalization and Maritime Security and Multilateral Cooperation during April 28-30, 2009 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The other member of the delegation was Dr. Shaheen Afroze, Research Director, BIISS. Dr. Shaheen Afroze made a power point presentation on Cultural Education as a Tool for Countering Radicalization during the symposium. CATR is a consortium of the Asian countries aiming to bring collective knowledge and effort in countering global terrorism. It is an initiative of the US Government and coordinated from Institute of Defence Analysis (IDA), Washington.

Under Guest Speakers Programme of BIISS Dr. Tasneem Siddiqui, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka delivered a lecture on Migrant Workers Remittances to Bangladesh: Implications of Global Recession at BIISS Auditorium on 23 April 2009 at 1030 hours (Click here for the paper). The presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session. Beside the BIISS Faculty Members, it was also participated by invited guests, including experts and practitioners on the related field. Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, Executive Chairman, Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), and Former Adviser to the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc, Director General BIISS chaired the whole session (Click here for the Proceedings).

 

A five member BIISS delegation headed by Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, ndc, psc visited China from 14 April 2009 to 22 April 2009. The other members of the delegation were Colonel A K M Nazrul Islam, afwc, psc, G, Research Director of Defence Studies Division, Dr. Shaheen Afroze and Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, Research Director and Senior Research Fellow respectively of Peace and Conflict Studies Division and Major Md Abdul Kadir, Deputy Director Administration. The purpose of the visit was principally to have scholarly interaction with the similar academic institutions in China.

The delegations visit included Asia-Africa Development Research Institute, Development Research Center of the State Council (AADRI) and China Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS) at Beijing, Shanghai Institute of International Studies (SIIS) at Shanghai and Development Research Center of Yunnan Provincial Government (YDRC) at Kunming. Bilateral meetings were organized in all the institutes and a day long workshop was organized at CIISS. The Chinese counterparts were briefed about the aims, objectives, current setup and activities of BIISS. Two papers entitled “Bangladesh-China Relations in the Context of Present Security Situation in South Asia and “China-India Relations: Implications for Bangladesh were presented by Dr. Shaheen Afroze and Dr. Abul Kalam Azad respectively at CIISS workshop. Delegation members also exchanged views on contemporary issues including the areas of cooperation. During their stay in China the delegation also visited many places of historical and cultural interest.