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18 May, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Conflict management and Bangladesh

A rational and civilised human being cannot ignore the influence of any conflict in the world
Zahidul Islam and Shadman Jamil
Conflict management and Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a rapidly developing country in South Asia and one of the most densely populated countries in the world having 162 million people. There are about 140 universities in Bangladesh including two international universities. The people of Bangladesh always appreciate the expansion of education and the present government is also keen to develop the education sector. The government has been encouraging private sectors for the expansion of higher education and 100 Private universities are now operating in Bangladesh which is more than double of the public universities. Bangladesh has successfully accommodated two international universities:  1)  Islamic University of Technology (IUT) run and funded by the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) of 57 countries  since 1978, and 2) Asian University for Women since 2000 educating students from 15  countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Vietnam.The government of PM Sheikh Hasina has provided more than 140 acres of land for the campus of this university. So the peace loving people of Bangladesh would be very happy to have a ‘World University of Conflict Management’ which will immensely contribute to the world peace and prosperity.

Since the dawn of civilisation human being has been passing through lots of conflicts around the world and the most common consequences are:

•     Loss of lives and properties

•     Destruction  of natural resources and environments

•    Damaging morality and accelerating inhumanity

•    Enhancing drug use and women trafficking

•    Increasing weapons production, sale and supply

•    Provokes violence and human crisis

    On the other hand the so called benefits out of conflicts include:

•    Profits from the booming business of arms and weapons production, sale and supply

•    Benefits from  the supply of essentials to the conflicting parties

•    Booming profits from production, sale and supply of drugs

•    Profits from  women trafficking

•    Potential profits from the reconstruction of the war ravaged areas

•    Profits from grabbing land and/or properties from the losing parties

The world is now a global village and each country is dependent on each other in many ways. Conflict in one part of the world affects more or less the other parts of the world. No rational and civilised human being can ignore the influence of any conflict in the world. Acquiring Knowledge on conflict management could be a unique option to maintain and preserve a peaceful world. People having adequate knowledge on conflict management would be able to play a significant role to keep this world in peace.  So the expansion of education on conflict management is essential in the context of contemporary conflicting world.

So far we have experienced a series of conflicts around the world including: WW1, WW2, Vietnam war, Iraq war, Afghanistan war, Syrian war, Libyan war, 9/11 USA, Mexican Drug war, Myanmar –Rohingya conflict, Somalia war, Sudan Darfur war, Yemen war, Israel-Palestine war, India-Pakistan Kashmir war, Bangladesh Liberation war, Colombian conflict, Turkey-Kurdish conflict, Egypt-Sinai conflict, DR Congo war, Burundi conflict, Indonesia-Papua conflict, Saudi Arabia-Qatif conflict, Georgia-Russia conflict, Ethiopia conflict, Nigeria Boko haram conflict, Mozambique conflict etc.These conflicts took away millions of our lives and cause billions of dollars losses entailing all other consequences. Many reports have been prepared on these conflicts by many organisations, media and governments. But we are not sure what we have learnt from these conflicts to make this world a peaceful one.

The fast moving business world has been producing sophisticated arms, ammunitions and nuclear warheads to kill people. There are nine countries (USA,UK, France, Russia, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea) that are able to destroy the whole world by detonating nuclear bomb. So the good conscience and fair judgement of the people of these countries can play an important role to keep the world safe. The United Nations and some other organisations have been working for maintaining peace in the world.

But their absolute failure in some cases makes the peace loving people disappointed and worried for the safety and welfare of the present and future generations.

Therefore, we need a large number of skilled professionals around the world who can analyse and evaluate the theory of conflicts, history of conflicts, causes of conflict, utilise mediation and negotiation process and actively take part in peace building and reconciliation efforts.

Presently many universities have been offering graduate degrees on conflict management, such as in USA -Columbia University, Georgetown University, University of Denver etc., in UK – London Metropolitan University, Durham University, Manchester University, SOAS University London etc., in The Netherland – University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen etc., in Australia –James Cook University etc. Massey University, New Zealand etc. Among the most common courses are:

•    Conflict management and Resolution

•    Conflict Prevention and Peace Building

•    Dispute and Conflict Resolution

•    Conflict Resolution and Governance

•    Global Conflict and Peace Process

•    Peace and Conflict Studies

•    Mediation and Conflict Resolution

•    Negotiation and Conflict Management

Career Opportunities:

Students completing graduate courses on ‘Conflict Management’ may consider a wide range of career choices such as Diplomat, Mediator, Negotiator, consultants, Peace-keeper, Arbitrator, conciliator, Policy Advisor, Political Scientist, Social and Community Service Manager etc.  including careers with:

•    Civil Service (in government office, the foreign office, international development office etc.)

•    International Institutions (e.g. the UN Peace-building Commission)

•    Regional bodies (European Union, African Union, Organization of American States etc.)

•    NGOs (local and international) working on peace-building missions

•    Media representative

•    Academia/Research Institutions/Think-Tanks

Bangladesh would like to welcome students from all over the world. We do expect that the peace loving people of Bangladesh would come forward to establish this ‘World University of Conflict Management’ in Bangladesh with the help of scholars, researchers, academicians, generous business leaders, local and international donors. We hope the government of Bangladesh will encourage this initiative with all possible supports and help.Bangladesh has already been widely praised by the international community for its unique contribution to the peace keeping force of the UN. By establishing the ‘World University of Conflict Management’again Bangladesh would be able tocontribute greatly in world peace by producing highly skilled professionals for conflict management.

Zahidul Islam is former Editor, Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, Agricultural Engineering Division, Dhaka and Former Water Control Expert, SPFS, FAO of

the United Nations.

Shadman Jamil is former Sales Manager, World Concert Ltd. UK

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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