Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) organized its June Roundtable discussion on the topic, ‘UN Peacekeeping Operation @75: The Road Ahead’, at the Westin, Dhaka. The discussion was moderated by BIPSS President ANM Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc, (retd). The expert panel consisted of Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, former foreign advisor of the Government of Bangladesh; Lt General Abdul Hafiz, former Chief of General Staff of Bangladesh Army and former Force Commander in UN Operations in Ivory Coast and Western Sahara; and Dr Niloy Ranjan Biswas, Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Dhaka. The discussion was attended by ambassadors and senior diplomats based in Dhaka, government officials, defence personnel, academics, editors, journalists, and scholars.
Dr Iftekhar has emphasized on the peacebuilding process which assists the countries in their transition from war to peace and focuses on strengthening the national capacity. It is an important process as it ensures the discontinuation of any conflict rising in the country. Lt General Abdul Hafiz analyzed how the UN Peacekeeping missions are under great pressure and three operations in Africa are facing great difficulties. The difficulties are on the rise for several reasons. Dr. Niloy Ranjan Biswas, Associate Professor, University of Dhaka, stated the significance of the UN missions for the developing countries as their troops get the opportunity to experience various missions all around the globe and can adopt the global norms.
The roundtable ended with lively interactive session with the participants.