BIPSS, in partnership with DhakaTribune, recently hosted a roundtable on ‘Non Traditional Security Threats in the Indo-Pacific Region’ at The Westin Dhaka. The event was moderated by Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (retd), President, BIPSS and Mr. Zafar Sobhan, Editor of The Dhaka Tribune.
The Roundtable had an expert panel comprising Air Vice Marshal Mahmud Hussain (Retd), Former Ambassador and Distinguished Expert, Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University (BSMRAAU) and Dr. Marufa Akter, Assistant Professor & Chair, Department of Global Studies & Governance, School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Independent University (IUB).
The session was attended by senior members of the diplomatic community, government officials, defence personnel, academics, editors, journalists, scholars and students of different Universities.
The discussion centred on how countries in the Indo-Pacific region, including Bangladesh, are extremely vulnerable to non-traditional security threats and the requirement for a collective approach to address the threats. The need for a comprehensive national security strategy was also stressed upon. It may be mentioned that BIPSS has been pioneering thing in the field of non traditional security studies in Bangladesh and is a very active member of the NTS-Asia Network.