BIPSS, in partnership with Dhaka Tribune, recently hosted a roundtable on ‘Changing Nature of Conflict: Fighting Hybrid War in the 21st Century’ at The Westin Dhaka. The event was moderated by Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (Retd), President of BIPSS and Mr. Zafar Sobhan, Editor of The Dhaka Tribune.The roundtable had an expert panel comprising of Lt General A T M Zahirul Alam (Retd), Former Commandant, National Defence College (NDC), Group Capt Mohammad Zahidul Islam Khan (Retd), Former Dean, Faculty of Science, Social Science & Liberal Arts, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation & Aerospace University and Mr Shafqat Munir, Head of BCTR and Senior Research Fellow, BIPSS.
The session was attended by ambassadors and senior diplomats based in Dhaka, government officials, defence personnel, academics, editors, journalists, scholars, and students among others. The discussion highlighted that hybrid war is a growing threat due to technological advancement and new infrastructure. A hybrid war doctrine and defence policies needs to be developed with multi-sectoral input to ensure national security.