The Rohingya Crisis: Western, Asian, and Bilateral Perspectives

Date: August 24, 2020


Organized by 

Center for Peace Studies (CPS) of South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG)

North South University, Bangladesh


In partnership with

High Commission of Canada to Bangladesh


The flows of forced displacement of the Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh have been recurring phenomena for over four decades. Although territorial proximity played a vital role in facilitating Rohingya influxes to Bangladesh, long-lasting politically unresolved ‘state-minority’ relationships within Myanmar has fueled Rohingya persecution leading to forced displacement. In this situation, the most critical issue is building a strategic partnership among the neighbors, Western countries and the UN system to persuade Myanmar to resolve the matter by accepting back the Rohingya minorities to their homeland as well as ensuring their safety, human rights and security. 

 In this context, the Center for Peace Studies (CPS) under the South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG) of North South University in partnership with the High Commission of Canada to Bangladesh has organized a webinar on August 24, 2020 with a view to address some of the key issues relating to bilateral, multilateral, and regional relations. The purpose of this event was to generate ideas and share opinions and perspectives in hope of finding a solution to the Rohingya crisis.  The speakers of the webinar were:

  • Tan Sri Dato Seri Dr. Syed Hamid Albar, Former Foreign Minister of Malaysia
  • His Excellency Earl R. Miller, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh
  • Ambassador Md. Shahidul Haque, Senior Fellow, South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG), NSU
  • His Excellency Benoit Préfontaine, High Commissioner of Canada to Bangladesh
  • Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka