Centre for Governance Studies organised a webinar on “Militarisation in Asia: Role of Smaller Nations” recently focusing on the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue and its implications for Bangladesh.
Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd), president, Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS); Dr Sreeradha Datta, centre head and senior fellow of Neighborhood Studies, Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), India; Larry Jagan, former BBC World Service News editor, and Prof Shahab Enam Khan, Department of International Relations of Jahangirnagar University, were the panelists at the event.
Munshi Faiz Ahmad started off the discussion by raising several questions to the panelists about the magnitude and nature of militarisation in Asia.
The trajectory of the discussion was set to cover the recent developments in South East Asia in regards to the formation of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) between the USA, India, Japan, and Australia.
The discussion would particularly highlight the apparent inception of Quad to counteract China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the form of joint military displays in the Indian Ocean.