Address by Chairman of NACSAA, Washington Professor Bishnu Poudel on US-South Asia Relations


Event Name : Recent Events

Date : 19 October, 2006- ,

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A distinguished Nepalese born American scholar Professor Bishnu Poudel addressed a roundtable at the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) on Thursday October 19, 2006. Mr. Farooq Sobhan, President, BEI chaired the roundtable. Dr. Mizanur Rahman Shelley, Chairman, Centre for Development Research and Country Director, National Advisory Council for South Asian Affiars (NACSAA) and Mr. Dundas C. McCullough, Political Counsellor, The US Embassy in Dhaka were also present at the roundtable.

Professor Poudel is visiting Bangladesh from 18 to 26 October as part of his bi-annual South Asian visit to exchange views with civil society members in the region. He has been serving as the Chairman of the National Advisory Council for South Asian Affairs in Washington from 1994. The Council’s objective is to transcend regional, ethnic, religious and other local boundaries for the collective socio-economic and political interest of the South Asian region. The Council facilitates educational exchanges, professional dialogues and specialized advice on foreign policy. The fundamental element of his regular visit is to help South Asia to understand US policy toward the region and to work for mutual understanding between the US and the countries of South Asia. The National Council works closely with the State Department and the House International Relations sub-committee on South Asia.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Farooq Sobhan said that the relationship between the United States and the South Asian countries should not be limited to military and strategic relations. He highlighted nine recommendations put forth in a document titled America’s Role in Asia published by the Asia Foundation and co-authored by Mr. Sobhan in 2004. The first recommendation states that South Asia should remain as a high priority area in the US policy. Mr. Sobhan said that these recommendations, which talk about greater integration and cooperation between the US and South Asia, were strongly endorsed and supported by a wide cross-section of people in the US.

Dr. Shelly said that NACSAA advocates the formulation and implementation of a US policy that will help the overall development of South Asia.

Mr. Dundas McCullough from the US Embassy said that the United States is committed to working with its partners in and out of the region to enhance South Asia’s stability and prosperity. He further mentioned that the US focuses its efforts to strengthen relationship with South Asia in three areas: regional stability, regional integration, and building and reinforcing the key foundations of democracy.

The roundtable was attended by a number of heads of missions Australia, China, France, Germany and Japan, retired army generals, civil society members and media representatives.

Posted Date : 4 March, 2012