A two member delegation from BIPSS attended the bi-annual conference of the Consortium of South Asian Think Tanks [COSATT]. The delegation was led by President BIPSS, Major General Muniruzzaman [Retd]. Supported by the Konrad Adeneur Stiftung [KAS] of Germany, the recent conference was centred on the theme 'Deeper Integration for Peace and Prosperity'. The conference was hosted by Centre for South Asian Studies [CSAS], Nepal which also houses the secretariat of the consortium.
The BIPSS delegation made two presentations at the conference titled 'Political Instability in Member States: Its Impact on the SAARC Process' and 'Countering Terrorism in South Asia - Towards a Regional Approach'. COSATT is a conglomeration of think tanks from SAARC member states and provides its policy input to the SAARC process. BIPSS is a founding member of the consortium.
President BIPSS, Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd). recently attended an international conference on the 'Maritime Silk Route' organised by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences [CASS]. General Muniruzzaman presented a paper at the conference titled 'The 21st Century Maritime Silk Route: New Hopes and Opportunities'. The conference was attended by delegates from over 50 countries from around the world.
The Ambassador of Sweden in Bangladesh His Excellency Johan Frisell visited BIPSS on Monday 09 February. During the visit the Ambassador was briefed about various activities of the institute and discussed matters of mutual interest.
Ambassador Frisell was accompanied by his wife Ms. Eva Hagstrom Frisell, Deputy Director for Research at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI).
On Sunday 18 January 2015, BIPSS hosted a roundtable on 'The State of Democracy and Governance in South Asia'. The keynote paper was presented by Dr. Frederic Grare, Director of the South Asia Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), a renowned global think tank based in Washington DC. The roundtable was moderated by President BIPSS, Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd).
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President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman, ndc,psc (Retd). visited the United Kingdom recently at the invitation of the Ministry of Defence as a Distinguished Visitor.
General Muniruzzaman visited the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (UKDA) where he delivered a lecture on 'South Asia: Its Emerging Security Dynamics' to a large audience consisting of officers from the British Army. The lecture generated a lot of interest on issues related to South Asian security and the strategic significance of the region particularly Bangladesh. A dinner was subsequently hosted in his honour by 8 Engineer Brigade which is the designated formation for defence engagement with South Asia.
General Muniruzzaman, a former Colonel Commandant of the Regiment of Artillery of Bangladesh Army also visited the Royal School of Artillery [RSA] at Larkhill. During the visit to the RSA, he was briefed about its various activities and was also given given a tour of the 'Home of Gunners'.
President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd) recently spoke at the National Defence University, Islamabad at the invitation of the President, NDU. He delivered a lecture on Climate Security and its impact on national and regional stability. The lecture was attended by members of the armed forces and senior members of different ministries of the government and 45 allied participants from all over the world.
President BIPSS also briefed them on the role and function of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC). General Muniruzzaman is the current chair of GMACCC. During his visit he also spoke at a seminar on Climate Change and Global Security organised by Henrik Bol Stiftung of Germany.
Mr. Ashok Nath, FRGS Visiting Senior Research Fellow at BIPSS has published a new book titled 'Sowars and Sepoys in the Great War 1914-1918'. The book was launched by H.E. Johan Frissel the Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh on 09 December 2014. This new title bridges an important gap in the historiography of the British Indian empire during the Great War. Focusing on the Cavalry and Infantry regiments of the British Indian Army Sowars and Sepoys records their war services, battle honours and ethnic composition as well as a detailed record of the regimental iconography. This book is undoubtedly a significant contribution in enhancing our understanding of the contribution of British India in that global conflict.
- President BIPSS speaks at Xiangshan Forum, China
- A BIPSS delegation led by BIPSS President has visited India from November 10, 2014
- Ms. Eva Haggstrom Frissel, Deputy Research Director, FOI accompanied by Mr. Ashok Nath
- President BIPSS, led a 5 member delegation to China at the invitation of the Chinese Government
- President BIPSS delivered Keynote Speech at an International Conference on 'Conflict and Environment’ in Stockholm, Sweden
- BIPSS Roundtable at USIP
- A Conversation on Bangladesh and the South Asian Security Environment
- BIPSS-ASP Conference on Bangladesh at ASP in Washington DC
- BIPSS and the South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council jointly organised a roundtable titled 'Bangladesh In Focus' in Washington DC
- President BIPSS Spoke at the United Nations Climate Summit Event