Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) recently hosted a roundtable discussion on the topic ‘Turbulence in the Middle East: Understanding the Implications’ at The Westin, Dhaka. The moderator of the roundtable was Major General ANM Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc, (retd), President, BIPSS, and the expert panelists were Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Distinguished Fellow at BIPSS and Former Foreign Advisor to the Government of Bangladesh and Assistant Professor Parvez Karim Abbasi, Department of Economics, East-West University.
The event brought together esteemed panelists and experts to dissect the ongoing crisis in Gaza, triggered by the October 7, 2023 attack by Hamas, and its far-reaching implications on the Middle East and the global geopolitical landscape. Major General ANM Muniruzzaman opened the roundtable by emphasizing the unprecedented nature of the crisis in Gaza. Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury delved into the historical background of the Israel-Palestine conflict, providing insights into the Arab-Israeli Peace process. Mr Parvez Karim Abbasi shed light on lesser-known aspects of Israel’s actions and their ramifications in the Middle East. Palestinian Ambassador to Bangladesh, H.E. Yousef Ramadan provided a historical perspective on Palestine and highlighted the dire humanitarian condition in Gaza.
The roundtable concluded with a dynamic interactive session.