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BIPSS Newsletter 2nd Edition 2015

 

'CLIMATE 25' RELEASED BY WEATHER CHANNEL

The Weather Channel has released a TV documentary titled "Climate 25". The documentary is the product of a yearlong project and the channel calls it a 'conversation with 25 of the smartest voices on climate, security, energy and peace'. It closely looked at some of the greatest challenges that climate change poses to human security. The project was further described as "The Climate 25 is a digital media and television experience featuring interviews with the world’s 25 most compelling voices on one of the most pressing issues of our time – the impact of climate disruption on human security".

President BIPSS Major General A N M Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc (Retd) was one of the 25 global voices recorded in this documentary. General Muniruzzaman is also the current Chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change - GMACCC

The full documentary and details on the project is available at : http://weather.climate25.com

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President BIPSS attends CVE Conferences in Turkey and Kazakhstan

President BIPSS, Major General A N M Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc [Retd] attended the Central and South Asia Regional Conference on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Astana, Kazakhstan recently. The conference was hosted by the government of Kazakhstan in collaboration with the US Department of State. The conference in Astana is a follow on from the White House CVE Summit hosted by President Obama in February 2015. It was attended by government delegations from all countries in the region, major international organisations and think tanks. General Muniruzzaman presented a paper on 'The Role of Civil Society in CVE'.

Earlier, President BIPSS also attended a CVE Conference in Istanbul, Turkey organised by Global Centre for Cooperative Security, USA. That conference also brought together regional organisations, think tanks and subject matter experts on CVE. General Muniruzzaman presented a paper at the conference on 'The Role of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in CVE.'

It may be mentioned that BIPSS through it's specialised centre Bangladesh Centre for Terrorism Research (BCTR) works closely on issues of terrorism and violent extremism. The centre also undertakes training programmes and has previously conducted a 2 years long Counter Terrorism Capacity Building programme at the national and regional level.

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President BIPSS attends Climate Change Brief in US Senate

President BIPSS, Major General A N M Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc [Retd]. was invited by the Delegation of the European Union [EU] to the United States to speak at a major Climate Change policy discussion in Washington DC recently. The event was held on the occasion of Climate Diplomacy Day. A policy discussion was held at the Atlantic Council and drew a large audience comprising of policymakers, academics, think tank representatives and members of the press. General Muniruzzaman spoke alongwith an experienced panel of policy experts on the need of addressing key security concerns related to climate induced conditions.

General Muniruzzaman also participated in a special briefing at the US Senate on the subject hosted by Senator Edward J Markey. The briefing was attended by experts, congressional staffers and policy planners. The briefing also focused on the need to make the upcoming COP in Paris a success. He later spoke to the US media on the whole process. It may be mentioned that General Muniruzzaman is currently the Chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change [GMACCC].

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Roundtable discussion on Civil Military Relations (CMR)

A roundtable discussion on Civil Military Relations (CMR) was held at BIPSS on 12 August 2015. Dr. Erica De Bruin, Assistant Professor at Hamilton College, New York presented the keynote paper. Dr. De Bruin is a noted international scholar and teaches works on CMR and International Security. The roundtable was attended by academics, former Generals, journalists and other civil society members.

 

 

The Australian Defence Advisor Bangladesh & Sri Lanka Visits BIPSS

The Australian Defence Advisor Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Captain Jason Sears, RAN visited BIPSS on Thursday 13 August. During the visit Captain Sears was briefed about various activities of the institute, especially BIPSS' research on Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region. The briefing was followed by a discussion on issues of mutual interest.

 

Indo-Bangladesh Cooperation Dialogue

BIPSS recently organised a track 2 Indo-Bangladesh Cooperation Dialogue in Bangkok, Thailand. The dialogue was aimed at fostering greater regional cooperation in the areas of trade and economy, energy and enhanced people to people contact. It was attended a by select group of civil society leaders from both countries. It may be mentioned that under the auspices of Strategic Dialogue Forum, BIPSS regularly organises track 1.5 and track 2 dialogues with a number of countries.  

 

 

Farewell to MR. Ashok Nath

 BIPSS today bade farewell to Mr. Ashok Nath, FRGS who is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the institute. Mr. Nath is an eminent military historian, former Cavalry officer and well known mountaineer. Over the years, Mr. Nath has actively contributed to BIPSS' research agenda and all its events. During his stay in Bangladesh, he also authored a seminal work on the military history of Armoured and Infantry Regiments of the Indian subcontinent during the Great War (1914-1918). His other research papers have also been published in the BIPSS journal Peace and Security Review. He has done one of the most pioneering international research on the 49th Bengalis, the lone Benagli infantry regiment during the Great War which included amongst its ranks Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Mr. Nath will continue to remain associated with BIPSS as an Adjunct Senior Fellow after his return to Sweden. All members of BIPSS team wish Mr. Ashok Nath and his family fair winds and following seas!

 

Ambassador Philip Zeller, France's Ambassador at Large for Climate Change in the Asia Pacific visited BIPSS

Ambassador Philippe Zeller, France's Ambassador at Large for Climate Change in the Asia Pacific visited BIPSS yesterday. He was accompanied by Ambassador Sophie Aubert, French Ambassador in Dhaka and other representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris.

During the visit Ambassador Zeller was briefed about the institute, security implications of Climate Change and its ramifications for Bangladesh. The visiting delegation was also briefed about Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change of which General Muniruzzaman is the current chair. During the visit Ambassador Zeller discussed about the COP 21 Paris (to be held in December this year) and its potential agenda.

 

Role of Non state actors

BIPSS arranged a focus group discussion along with research assistants of BIPSS and 3 other random university students to discuss their view about the role of non state actors in Bangladesh. The goal was to help Ms. Rachel Castellano, (former research intern) to understand the view of young generation about the role of non state actors in Bangladesh.

 

President BIPSS Contributes to new FCO report on Climate Change

A new report titled “Climate Change - A Risk Assessment' has recently been released in London by the United Kingdom [UK] Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). This is the result of a year long study and analysis on the subject. President BIPSS, Major General A N M Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc (Retd), was one of the authors of this report and contributed in the Systemic Risk Analysis chapter [please refer to page 63]. He also participated in the conference series and played the “Climate War Game” as part of the study.

It may be mentioned that General Muniruzzaman is the current chair of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change [GMACCC].
www.gmaccc.org

Please see the following link for the full report:
http://www.csap.cam.ac.uk/projects/climate-change-risk-assessment/

 

 

President BIPSS attended the 3rd South Asia Think Tank Forum in Kunming, China

President BIPSS, Major General A N M Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc (Retd). attended the 3rd South Asia Think Tank Forum in Kunming, China last week. The theme of this year's forum was The New Silk Road with the concept of Belt and Road [BAR]. General Muniruzzaman was one of the key note speakers in the forum's opening plenary session.

His address at the forum was focused on the strategic implications of the Belt and Road. The forum was attended by heads of all major South Asian think tanks and senior Chinese scholars and policy makers.

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President BIPSS attended the United Nations [UN] Conference on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany

President BIPSS, Major General A N M Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc (Retd.) recently attended the United Nations [UN] Conference on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. The high level conference was attended by various delegations from UN member states and selected experts from around the world. General Muniruzzaman represented the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change [GMACCC] of which he is the current Chairman. He specifically stressed on the importance of the security dimensions of Climate Change. The conference held in Bonn was also crucial in the lead up to COP 21 to be held in Paris later this year.

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 UPCOMING EVENTS

SL NO Theme/Subject Conference / Seminar / Venue Month & Date
1 Joint Event with partner think tanks Washington DC, USA TBA
2 Yunnan Bangladesh Forum Yunnan, China December, 2015

 

 

VISITING RESEARCHER

Dr. Erica De Bruin, Assistant Professor at Hamilton College, New York Visited BIPSS. During the visit Dr. Debruin presented a paper on Civil Military Relations (CMR). Dr. De Bruin is a noted international scholar and teaches works on CMR and International Security.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Volume 6, Number 13, Third Quarter 2014
Date of publication
September 15, 2015

Peace and Security Review

Author and Designation
Major General ANM Muniruzzaman ,ndc ,psc (Retd.), Gauri Khandekar, Showkat ara Khanam, Dr. Shahnewaz Ahmad Mantoo.

 

 

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