Since its founding in Dhaka in 1985, SAARC has been the premier multilateral forum for boosting regional integration. However, since the last summit in 2014 in Nepal, there doesn’t seem to be any progress for the organization. At the last SAARC summit, we saw an India-Pakistan stand-off on the first day, which threatened to jeopardize the entire summit process. Pakistan seemed to be in the mood to block every Indian-led proposal. India is currently showing more interest in continuing multilateral cooperation through BIMSTEC than SAARC. Does SAARC still has the potential to unite the South Asian region? Or the BIMSTEC framework can carry out the promises of regional integration that SAARC initially had?
Catch Waliur Rahman, Former Secretary, and Ambassador and S M Rashed Ahmed Chowdhury, Former Ambassador discussing those issue in this vlog initiated by Centre for Governance Studies (CGS) in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Bangladesh.
Bangladesh currently has no major international boundary or territorial dispute with its neighbors. Should Bangladesh maintain a level of military parity with Myanmar, which has been investing heavily in its naval and military capacity recently? Or it can rely on its goodwill in the UN to help protect its sovereignty and invest more in other urgent development concerns instead of the military?
After Bangladesh graduates from LDC status, it will no longer be a part of everything but Arms (EBA) preferential trade scheme from the EU. Should Bangladesh looking to diversify its arms import from the west after LDC graduation?
Catch Ambassador Waliur Rahman, Major. Md. Emdadul Islam (Retd.), and Brig. Gen (Rtd.) M. Sakhawat Hussain talk on those issues in the vlog/podcast organized by Centre for Governance Studies, in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
The foreign policy of Bangladesh is one of the most neutral compared to the other South Asian countries. The government of Bangladesh has been practicing this neutrality since the inception of country. The country experienced so many ups and downs with its neighboring countries. For the geo-strategic location the South Asia holds significant value to the world politics. Major world powers have showed interest in the geopolitics of South Asia.
In this vlog, Ms. Nasim Firdaus, first female ambassador of Bangladesh discussed several aspects of South Asian geopolitics and the foreign policy of Bangladesh with Dr. Niloy Ranjan Biswas. Dr. Biswas is an associate professor, currently teaching International Relations at the University of Dhaka.