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News on Lectures and Talks

Guest Lecture by Major General (Retd) Muniruzzaman

Major General A N M Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc (Retd), President, Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) and Chairman, Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC) delivered a lecture on ‘National Security Policies in South Asia: Issues and Challenges’ for the MPPG 5th batch students. The lecture was held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 11.00 am at PPG Conference Room (NAC-1058) of North South University.Read More

 


 

President BIPSS attended The Policy Dialogue on “Paris and Beyond- The State of Climate Change Diplomacy”

President BIPSS, Major General A N M Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc (Retd) attended The Policy Dialogue on “Paris and Beyond- The State of Climate Change Diplomacy” in Seoul, Korea. The dialogue was attended by senior diplomats, policy makers and experts from many countries. General Muniruzzaman is also the Chairman of ‘Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC)’ and presented a paper at the dialogue titled “Road to Paris: The Diplomatic Angle of Understanding Climate Security.”

 


 

President BIPSS attended the conference on ‘Proportionate Response to the Risk of Climate Change’

President BIPSS, Major General A N M Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc (Retd) attended the conference on ‘Proportionate Response to the Risk of Climate Change’ at the invitation of Sir David King, United Kingdom (UK) Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change, organized by UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The conference held at the Lancaster house in London brought together senior policy makers and experts on the subject. General Muniruzzaman also spoke at the conference on “The Role of Leadership in Climate Change Management”, the session was chaired by Rt Hon Baroness Anelay, Minister of state, UK foreign and Commonwealth Office.

 


 

BIPSS Attends Maritime Dialogue with NMF

On 10 April, BIPSS delegation attended a dialogue on maritime issues with the the National Maritime Foundation [NMF] in New Delhi. NMF is India's premier think tank on naval and maritime affairs. BIPSS has had a longstanding collaboration with NMF since its inception. The dialogue at NMF was focused on maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region. The event was moderated by Dr. Vijay Sakhuja Director, NMF and was attended by Executive Director Captain Gurpreet Khurana and other NMF scholars. BIPSS continues to engage maritime think tanks in the region in beyond as part of its work on Indian Ocean Security.

 


 

BIPSS Attends Roundtable at IDSA

On 09 April, BIPSS delegation spoke at a roundtable organised by the South Asia Centre at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, India's premier security and foreign policy think tank. The roundtable was moderated by Brigadier Rumel Dahiya [Retd] Deputy Director General of IDSA. The roundtable focused on issues related to Indo-Bangladesh Relations and the Threat of Terrorism and Extremism in the region. The event was attended by scholars from IDSA, senior serving and retired officials of the Government of India, representatives of the international community in New Delhi and former ambassadors.

 


BIPSS delegation participates at a roundtable on issues related to Indo-Bangladesh relations

On 08 April, the delegation from BIPSS led by Major General Muniruzzaman [Retd]. spoke at a roundtable on issues related to Indo-Bangladesh relations organised by the Forum for Strategic Initiatives [FSI] held at the India International Centre in New Delhi. The roundtable was chaired by Chairman FSI and Former Foreign Secretary, Ambassador Lalit Man Singh. Major General Dipankar Banerjee [Retd], Member of the Board of Governors of the institute also spoke on the occasion. The event was attended by former ambassadors, senior serving and retired officials from the government and the military, strategic analysts, representatives of risk consultancies based in Delhi, academics and journalists.

FSI is a bipartisan policy think tank that focuses on foreign policy, strategic and security issues with a special focus on nuclear strategy. It also has unique expertise on macro regional studies.
 


 BIPSS delegatio visited New Delhi

A joint roundtable on Indo-Bangladesh Relations was organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation [VIF] and BIPSS in New Delhi, India on 07 April 2015. The session was chaired by Director VIF and former Chief of the Army Staff General N C Vij. The event was by attended staff from VIF, former ambassadors, senior civil and military officials and analysts. This is the second event held between BIPSS and VIF, the last roundtable was held in November 2014.


 

President BIPSS speaks at COSATT Conference

 

President, BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman spoke at a Conference of Consortium of South Asian Think Tank (COSATT) in Kathmandu, Nepal, starting on 14th July. The Conference titled Realizing the Vision: South Asian Union is a major Pre-Summit event before the SAARC Leader Summit scheduled in November, 2014. The Conference is bringing together leaders of leading Think Tanks in South Asia and the past Secretary Generals of SAARC and ASEAN.
President BIPSS presented a paper in Conference titled, “Human Security in South Asia: Vision 2025”

 


 

President BIPSS attended Computer Simulated Conflict Game

President BIPSS, Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd).  attended a Computer Simulated Conflict Game as a part of analytical exchange on global water security issues. The Simulation Game was  organised by The Centre for Naval Analyses (CNA), held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was attended by leading water security policy experts from a number of countries. It aimed to analyse the significant risk to global peace and security from water scarcity with a focus on the challenges posed to the Asia Pacific region.

 


 

 BIPSS Eminent Person lecture

Dr. C Raja Mohan, Distinguished Fellow and Head of Strategic Studies at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in New Delhi, delivered BIPSS 'Eminent Person Lecture' on June 11. During his lecture, he envisioned the probable implications of the recent political transition in India. Dr. C Raja Mohan points out that Modi’s regime will reconstruct the relationship with its neighbors. Going beyond South Asia, Modi government will also engage with the Asia-pacific region.
The programme was presided over by President, BIPSS, Major General A N M Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc, (Retd)’. The lecture was attended by the academics, former diplomats of Bangladesh, foreign diplomats, members of civil society, and the media persons and youth. 

 
 


 

BIPSS Joins CASS

BIPSS has joined as a pioneering member of an International Forum called the CASS Forum. The Forum was launched recently in Beijing under the initiative of (Chinese Academy of Social Science) CASS. The forum aims to discuss and deliberate on the emerging issues of security, peace and development of the Asia Pacific region.
President, BIPSS was invited to speak at the inaugural session of the Forum and deliver a talk on “Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific Region.”

 
 


 

President BIPSS attends CASS

President BIPSS, Major General Muniruzzaman (Rtd.) had been invited by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), to speak at a Think Tank Forum in Beijing, consisting of leading Think Tanks in Asia. The event was held under the auspices of National Institute of International Strategy (NIIS). President BIPSS presented a paper on ‘Security Cooperation in The Asia Pacific Region’ in the conference.

 
 


 

Indian Elections 2014: Implications for Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) organized a panel discussion on ‘Indian Elections 2014: Implications for Bangladesh’ on May 5, 2014 at Hotel Lake Castle, Dhaka. The expert panel comprised of Brigadier General Shahedul Anam Khan (Rtd.), Editor, Op-ed and Strategic Affairs, The Daily Star; Professor M Shahiduzzaman, Professor, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka and Professor Piash Karim, Professor, Department of Economics and Social Science, BRAC University. The discussion was moderated by Major General (Rtd.) Muniruzzaman, President, BIPSS. The panelists spoke about India’s policy towards Bangladesh, alleged Bangladeshi immigration to India, agendas of the prime ministerial candidates, possible ramifications for Bangladesh after the elections in India among other issues. The discussion was followed by a question and answer session between the attendees and the panel experts. The entire event was live tweeted.

 


 

SAARC Region - Security and Threat Landscape

President BIPSS, Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd). delivered a lecture on 'SAARC Region - Security and Threat Landscape' at an international training course on 'Transnational Crime - SAARC Perspective oragnised by the Bangladesh Police Staff College on 19 March 2014.

The training course was attended by senior and mid level officers of Police and other law enforcement agencies from the SAARC member states. General Muniruzzaman's presentation deliberated on the key traditional and non traditional security challenges confronting South Asia and a way forward.

 


 

Building Social Harmony: Interfaith Youth Dialogue 

Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) arranged a youth dialogue titled “Building Social Harmony: Interfaith Youth Dialogue” on 10th March, 2014. The event was organised in partnership with High Commission of Canada in Bangladesh. The aim of this dialogue was to ascertain the general position of each faith in relation to other faith based communities, state and society and inter-communal relations in Bangladesh. The state of religious minorities, the probable remedies of their worries and ways to enhance social harmony in Bangladesh were also discussed. A summary of the dialogue would be published in BIPSS website and also be disseminated to concerned stake holders.

The day long dialogue was held at hotel Lake Castle, Gulshan, Dhaka. H.E Heather Cruden, the Canadian High Commissioner in Bangladesh attended the dialogue as Chief Guest. President, BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd) delivered the welcome address. Four theologians/clerics from four major religions were also present in the dialogue in addition to the youth participants from various faiths.

 


 

Strategic Stability in the Indian Ocean

President BIPSS, Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd), attended an international conference on 'Strategic Stability in the Indian Ocean'. The conference was jointly organised by the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and was held at the IORA headquarters in Port Louis, Mauritius.

General Muniruzzaman's paper at the conference was titled 'Building Security Cooperation in the IOR'

 


 

President BIPSS speaks at a Regional Conference at Kathmandu

President BIPSS, Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd). spoke at a regional conference on 'Cooperative Development, Peace and Security in South Asia' to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 15-16 February '14. The conference was  organised by the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), India and the Centre for South Asian Studies, Nepal. The attendees included representatives from think tanks and the strategic community of South Asian countries, academics, officials and representatives from the SAARC Secretariat as well as members of the media.

General Muniruzzaman presented a paper on 'Non-Traditional Security Issues in South Asia'. The conference was  inaugurated by H.E. Sushil Kumar Koirala, Hon. Prime Minister of Nepal.


 

3rd Yunnan-Bangladesh Cooperation Dialogue

"BIPSS delegation consisting President of the organization Major General A N M Muniruzzaman ndc, psc (Retd); Mr. Shahidul Islam, Geo-economist and Research Fellow in BRAC University; Associate Research Fellow of BIPSS Major Sarwar Jahan Chowdhury (Retd) and Businessman and a Director of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce Mr. M Rumi Saifullah successfully participated in 3rd Yunnan-Bangladesh Cooperation Dialogue held in the provincial capital Kunming of the Yunnan province of China on 30th December 2013 followed by a fruitful visit to Yunnan Hi-tech Industrial Park the next day."

 


 

President BIPSS Major General A. N. M. Muniruzzaman spoke at the Fourth Xiangshan Forum in Beijing organized by International Military Branch(IMB) and sponsor by China Association for Military Science (CAMS). The theme of the Conference was on Asia Pacific Security: New Issues and new Ideas.General Muniruzzaman spoke at the Conference on Asia Pacific Security Situation: Retrospect’s and Prospects. The Conference was attended by senior military leaders and policy makers from China and Invited international experts. Presentation

 

 


 

President BIPSS Major General A. N. M. Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc (Retd.) recently spoke at the NTS-Asia Annual Convention 2012—Policy Roundtable on Asian Non-Traditional Security in Beijing, China. His talk was titled “Security Implication of Climate Change: A Comprehensive Case Study of Bangladesh”. In his presentation, he analyzed that Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable country to climate change and its adverse impacts. He also discussed that with significant lack in adaptive capacity, Bangladesh is very likely to suffer a bigger range and scale of natural disasters, which would definite distress the non-traditional security system of this developing country.  Presentation

 


 

 

President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd.) spoke at “West Africa Region Environmental Security Conference” held in Accra, Ghana on 12-15 June 2012. The Conference was organized by United States Africa Command (AFRICOM).  In the conference, General Muniruzzaman spoke on the theme: “Security Implications of Climate Change” and Environmental Security: A Case Study of Bangladesh” in which he highlighted the major national and regional vulnerabilities to climate change and portrayed the case study of Bangladesh. Many climate change and security experts from the United States and Africa attended the Conferences.  Presentation

 


 

President BIPSS, Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd.) spoke at roundtable organized by the South Asia Network of Climate Change and Security at Male, the Maldives on the 1stof December 2011 on an invitation of the President’s Office of the Government of the Maldives to discuss opportunities and challenges related to climate change and security in South Asia. The network deliberated on decentralised water diplomacy, diverse causal factors of climate related migration, rural and urban food security, in particular to ensure climate sensitive food production, equitable distribution and sustainable consumption. President BIPSS is  the cofounder of the network that was launched at Dhaka in 2009. The roundtable was organized in collaboration with the President’s Office of the Government of the Maldives and International Alert (an international peace building organization).  Media Communiqué      SANSaC Male’ Statement

 


 

 

President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd.) spoke, on an invitation by the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), at 12th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Environment and Security held on January 18-20, 2012 in Washington, DC.  The conference brought together over 1,000 attendees from the scientific, business, academic and environmental communities, as well as international, federal, and regional government officials.

 In the conference, General Muniruzzaman along with along with other international experts on climate change provided significant insights on the connections between environment and security issues, their common underlying scientific threads, and the policy and governance needed to address security risks posed by a rapidly changing environment.

 

 


 

President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd.) spoke, on an invitation by the Center for South Asian Studies, at Regional Environmental Issues: Water and Disaster Management Conference held on February 11-12, 2012 in Kathmandu, Nepal. In the conference, General Muniruzzaman presented on the theme: “Climate Change and Regional Security: Water and Disaster Management in South Asia”. In the presentation he highlighted the key threats for regional security emanating from climate change induced vulnerabilities in the South Asian Region, elucidating many examples from South Asian countries particularly from Bangladesh Nepal, Pakistan and India. He emphasised on the water and disaster security risks in South Asia including fresh water shortage, Himalayan glacier melting and hydro- conflict, water induced food insecurities, water born diseases, impacts of natural disasters, disaster driven migration and disaster as threat critical infrastructure in South Asia. He offered at the end of the presentation a regional cooperation framework to effectively address regional security concerns associated with water security and natural disasters.    Presentation 

 


 

 

President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd.) was invited to attend and speak in a Global Futures Forum Regional Conference “The Impact of Identity Politics on Violent Extremism: Regional Perspectives” sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Centre of Excellence for National Security at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies held on October 23 - 25, 2011in Singapore.

In the conference, General Muniruzzaman spoke on the theme: “Identity Politics: the Pathway to Growing Extremism” in which he highlighted the emerging strategic trends in identity politics and the new faces of political extremism shaped by the changing socio-economic and cultural structures threatening identity security in a significant manner. He, using examples from South Asia particularly from Bangladesh, explained how new dimensions of radicalization are emerging even beyond the traditional religious frontier and urged for an integrated and comprehensive effort to address the repercussions of the extremist developments in terms of identity politics.   Presentation     Conference Paper

 

 

President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd.) is invited by German Federal Office, to attend the conference“Climate Diplomacy in Perspective:From Early Warning to Early Action”. The conference will take place in Berlin between October 10 and October 11. President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd.) will give an important speech on “Impacts of Climate Change: Conflict Drivers and Coastal Stability”. The presentation will focus on the key risks for peace and stability emanating from climate impact on coastal stability. He will also discuss the nature of conflict drivers influenced by climate change using Bangladesh as case example. Other participants in the conference are senior-level decision makers from other international think tanks, national governments and international organizations as well as senior experts from universities. Over 60 Countries were represented in the Conference at high policy level   Presentation

 

 


 

President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd.) spoke at the US Air Force University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He was invited to speak at the US Air Force Minerva Energy and Environmental Security Symposium in September, 2011.   The Symposium was the culmination of research and study sponsored by US Secretary of Defense through the Minerva initiative. In his presentation, General Munir focused on the complex and emerging  security risks from international energy and environmental security connections.

 

 


 

President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd.) was invited by the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) of George Mason University, USA to speak on “Climate Change and National Security”. The event hosted by TraCCC took place on 20th January, 2012 at George Mason University Campus in Arlington, Virginia. In his presentation, Major General Muniruzzaman, elucidating the case of Bangladesh as an example, highlighted the key threats for national security of both human and hard dimensions emanating from climate change induced vulnerabilities. To portray the national security problems of Bangladesh caused by changing climatic conditions, he analysed the impacts of environmental challenges, global warming and sea level rise affecting food, water, health, and energy security of the country. He also depicted Bangladesh’s vulnerabilities to natural disasters and the concern of resultant environmental migration in the country.    Presentation

 

 


 

President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd.) spoke at the Conference on “Climate Change, Conflict and Migration” with special focus on the water dimension of climate security held in The Hague, Netherlands on 21st September 2011. The Conference was arranged by Alliance for UN University of Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica and the Institute for Social Studies (ISS), The Hague and supported by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his presentation in the Conference, General Munir focused on climate change, migration, water security and conflicts from a human security perspective. BIPSS Presidentl also spoke at a special lecture event at the Clingendael Institute for International Relations in The Hague.  Presentation 

 


 

 

President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd.) was invited by Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation to attend and speak in the South Asian Conference held on July 3-5, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. In the conference, General Muniruzzaman spoke on the theme: “Climate Change and Environmental Degradation as Threats to National and Regional Stability: Common grounds for regional cooperation on crisis response and early warning systems?” in which highlighted the major national and regional vulnerabilities of South Asia to climate change and portrayed the case study of Bangladesh. He also explored avenues of regional cooperation mechanism among the South Asian countries in the coming years.  Presentation

 


 

 

President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd.) is invited by Peace Research Institute, Oslo to attend and speak in a Conference "Legacy of War Time Rape: Mapping Key Concepts and Issues" to take place in Oslo October 27-28 2011. This conference offers a first step in mapping key concepts and issues on war rape victims and children born of rape, perpetrators and communities and the dynamic between these actors based on current knowledge.

In the conference, General Muniruzzaman will speak on the theme: “Unpleasant Truth: Sexual Exploitation in the UN Peace Keeping Operation” in which he will highlight, considering the post conflict socio-political landscape of the war torn countries, the current scenario, patterns, tactics and contributing factors towards the sexual exploitations and abuses (SEA) by UN Peacekeepers. He will also focus on the UN steps taken to address the problem and UN limitations in its peacekeeping jurisdictions over troop contributing countries and thereby will devise ways to control SEA in the years to come.

 

 


 

President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd) was invited by the United States Pacific Command to speak at a conference hosted in Hawaii titled “Pacific Environmental Security”. General Munir spoke on “Security Implications of Climate Change: Role of the Military” in which he highlighted major issues of Climate Change and International Security (CCIS) covering human security dimensions as well as hard security dimensions of climate change. The presentation especially touched upon issues relating to social fragmentation, resource competition, intra and inter-state conflict, state collapse and possibility of regional conflicts as a consequence of climate change. It may also be mentioned that BIPSS is engaged in extensive study and research on various aspects of security implications of climate change. General Muniruzzaman is also a member of International Military Advisory Council (IMAC) on Climate Change and Security.     Presentation

 


 

 

President, BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc (Retd.) presented on Climate Security and its consequences for Bangladesh during interactions with visiting delegations from the US National Defence University and the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) of the United Kingdom. The presentation analysed the security challenges posed by Climate Change and discussed the regional implications and potential for destabilisation.

 

 


 

President BIPSS Joins forum to establish United Nations World Security University

President BIPSS Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd) has been invited to become a part of a special body called the ‘Bellagio Forum’ which is being created to establish World Security University under the aegis of the United Nations. The current concept of setting up such an institution came to light in the aftermath of the 12th UN Congress held in Salvador, Brazil in 2010. This new university will focus on a multidisciplinary approach towards the study of security which will also encompass Public Security, Human Rights, Media and Security, Criminal Justice, Social Communication among others. The Bellagio Forum which will form the nucleus of this new institution will have its inaugural meeting at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy in April 2011. The forum will bring together noted security experts from around the world.  Presentation 

 


 

 

President BIPSS, Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (Retd.) presented a lecture on “Bangladesh –GCC Relations –A Future Outlook” at the Bahrain Centre of Studies & Research (BCSR) on 9th June, 2010.

BIPSS President addressed the event as a key note speaker. The presentation highlighted the strong ties of Bangladesh with the GCC countries as potential partner because of religious, historical and cultural common denominators.

The session attended by eminent subject experts, analysts, diplomats, academia, journalists, and cross–section of intelligentsia to discuss about Bangladesh’s relation with the GCC member states.

 BIPSS and BCSR, Bahrain Royal Chartered Think Tank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU will create a platform for cooperation on various levels including joint organisation of symposia, lectures as well as research on major international and regional issues.   Presentation 

 

 

 

BIPSS President Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (retd) joined the 10th Bi-Annual International Conference of CATR from 27-29 October 2010 in the Philippines hosted by The Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) and the Council for Asian Transnational Threat Research (CATR), in cooperation with the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA). The theme of this conference was “The Emerging Landscape of Transnational Threats: Taking CATR to the Next Level”. This meeting was attended by at least 30 security and counter-terrorism experts from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United States. In addition, part of this conference was the holding of a Public Seminar on Asian Security on 29 October 2010.

 


 

BIPSS president will also attend G-20 Consultative Process on Energy Security in London from 28 October- 01 November. It will bring together senior policy makers and experts on energy and climate security issues from many countries.

 


 

He will also speak on Asia at 2060 in Taipei, Taiwan from 2 – 07 November.The conference will try to visualise the strategic landscape as the strategic configuration changes in the coming years and decades'.

 


 

BIPSS President Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (retd) spoke at a conference organised by the Academy of Military Science(AMS) of the PLA in Beijing. The conference which was opened by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, held on the theme of " Evolution of International Strategic Configuration and the Asia-Pacific Security ". The conference was brought together selected experts/ specialists from around the world. A number of key issues of security are being discussed in the conference. BIPSS President addressed the conference on the security and stability of Asia Pacific region and his paper was titled " The New Challenges to the Security and Stability of the Asia - Pacific Region ". He also chaired a major session of the conference.

 


 

President  BIPSS spoke at Climate, Governance  and  Resilience Roundtable in Kathmandu on 3rd September 2010. He was invited by International Alert UK to the third dialogue on climate change, conflict and fragility. Representatives from the South Asia Network on Security and  Climate  Change  (SANSAC) presented new case studies from across the region to ground the discussion  in empirical  knowledge on the interaction between climate change, fragility and security at the State level.

President BIPSS also spoke at Sangam Institute for Policy Analysis and Strategic Studies in Kathmandu, Nepal on 4th September 2010. He delivered a  presentation on “Transnational Security: The Challenge for Nation States”

 


 

President BIPSS, Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (Retd)  speaks at a roundtable discussion at an invitation of The International Peace Institute (IPI), New York, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway.

Gen. Munir speaks on Promoting De-radicalization and Disengagement from Violent Extremism: What Role for the International Community and the UN? This meeting  took place on June 23, 2010, at IPI’s Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development, 777 United Nations Plaza,  New York.

 

 

Newse on Lectures and Talks of BIPSS Presedent

BIPSS President Speaks at Climate Change Conference in Washington DC

President BIPSS, Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (Retd.) delivered a lecture at the first Conference of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS-US) Transatlantic Dialogue on Climate Change and Security. The conference commenced on 5 May, 2009 in Washington DC. General Munir spoke on “Managing Climate-induced State Threatening Crises”. His co-panelists were Brigadier general Nigel Hall (Retd.), Senior Associate Fellow, Defence Academy of the UK and Dr. Kent Butts, Director, National Security Issue Group, US Army War College. His lecture was followed by a panel discussion participated by security analysts, academics and policy makers from across the world.

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President BIPSS speaks at the World Social Science Forum (WSSF)
 
Bergen, Norway

Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (Retd.) spoke at the World Social Science Forum (WSSF) in Bergen, Norway. This was a major International Conference in the field of Social Science, with a view to formulating strategies to counter social and political threats faced by nations. The conference was attended by social scientists, policy planners, leading institutes from all over the world. The WSSF invited selected speakers to speak t different panels and General Muniruzzaman spoke on the theme of “The Future of Armed Conflict”. The conference ended with rich findings in different areas of study.

 


 

President BIPSS concludes Norway and UK lecture tour

BIPSS President Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (Retd.) has concluded his lecture and speaking engagements in Norway and London. President BIPSS visited prestigious think tanks in Oslo, Norway to deliver lectures. He delivered lectures on “South Asian Security Architecture” in Norwegian Institute of International affairs (NUPI), “State Security and Insecurity in South Asia” in Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and on “Regional Security and Stability in South Asia” in Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway. He also delivered a talk in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway on “Bangladesh and its place in South Asia”. Senior Norwegian diplomats attended the event. General Munir, during his Norway visit, also met the Secretary General of Norwegian Atlantic Committee, senior officials of Telenor, Norway and made a call on with the Mayor of Oslo.

General Munir attended a number of meetings and had interactions with British think tanks during his London visit in the second week of April. He visited International Institute for Strategic Studies () and Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) to attend important meetings with the officials of the respective institutes. He was also interviewed by the BBC World Service Television and BBC Bangla Radio Service during his stay in London.

 



President BIPSS lecture in NDC
on
Civil Military Relations (CMR) in Democracy

President BIPSS, Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (Retd.) gave a lecture at the National Defence College, Dhaka on 13 April, 2009. He delivered a presentation, in a joint panel, on Civil Military Relations (CMR) in Democracy. Editor of The Daily Star was the other panelist. General Munir’s lecture centered on the conceptual and theoretical aspects of CMR. The current 44 members of the NDC, of whom 22 are from abroad, attended the lecture. The lecture was followed by a lively question and answer session. The members of NDC, during the session, made their comments and asked question about general issues of CMR, democratic control of the military, state-military relations and the role of media for effective CMR.

 


 

BIPSS President Major General Muniruzzaman ndc, psc (Retd) delivered lecture at the
“1st Senior Police Executive Management Course”
on
Global Security: Present context and effects on Bangladesh
Dhaka, 12 March 2009

BIPSS President Major General Muniruzzaman ndc, psc (Retd) delivered lecture in the “1st Senior Police Executive Management Course” for the Senior Police Officers on the topic- Global Security: Present context and effects on Bangladesh. In the vast arena of the security studies General Muniruzzaman defined security and raised the importance of the issue of securitization. He analyzed security from various levels and gave the glimpses of global security phenomenon. Studying global security challenges he gave a brief discussion on the trends of global polarization and its link with global security challenges. General Munir urged the understanding and identifying the global security trends and actors.

Study of national security architecture is very important in the global security arena and for that it is very important to understand various stages of “state failure”. Mentioning the transitions of global security President of BIPSS said that the concept of new security is important after the security studies of Cold war and post cold war era. Security has a multi-dimensional phenomenon in the globalized world, where knowledge also has the security implications in the knowledge based societies of the world and talking about information warfare he said Information warfare, or 'infowar', is essentially a struggle of intelligence/ information over force, of signs over weapons, of mind over body. Pointing out various security typologies, Traditional Security, Non-traditional Security, Trans-national Security were highlighted.

Describing all the arena of global security studies Major General Muniruzzaman concluded his lecture by stressing the importance of security analysis of Bangladesh’s geo-strategic importance, the strengths, constrains and the impacts of global security on the country’s national security.

 


 

03 Dec 08 - Discussion Meeting - Major General Muniruzzaman

 


 

BIPSS President at the 7th IISS Shangri-La-Dialogue Singapore

President of BIPSS, Major General A.N.M Muniruzzaman, ndc,psc (retd.), attended the 7th IISS Shangri-La-Dialogue at Singapore. The Shangri-La Dialogue has been recognized as a key event for defence and security diplomacy for the region. Since 2002 it has become a recognized part of the architecture of Asian defence diplomacy as well as region's premier and most inclusive security institution. All countries in Asia Pacific members of NATO and other major coalitions, international organizations and think tanks attended the conference. Bangladesh joined the summit for the first time at ministerial level. Bangladesh delegation to the conference was headed by Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Adviser for Foreign Affairs, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh. BIPSS President participated different plenary sessions, focus group studies and sidelines bi-lateral meetings. General Muniruzzaman has substantially participated in plenary session speech by Prime Minister of Singapore Mr. Lee Hsien Loong and drew attention of the Honorable Prime Minister on the issue of food refugee in Bangladesh and peaceful rise of China in the region.

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President BIPSS, Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd).  attended a Computer Simulated Conflict Game as a part of analytical exchange on global water security issues. The Simulation Game was  organised by The Centre for Naval Analyses (CNA), held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was attended by leading water security policy experts from a number of countries. It aimed to analyse the significant risk to global peace and security from water scarcity with a focus on the challenges posed to the Asia Pacific region.

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