Tuesday, 21st February 2017 3.30pm to 5.00pm Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies Register via email@example.com
Prof. Swaran Singh from the Jawaharlal Nehru University will be our chief panelist Thursday, 23rd February 2017 3.30pm tp 5.00pm Do send an email and register yourself if you are interested firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Changing Role of the USA in World Affairs: Impact on South Asia”
The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) organised a seminar on “The Changing Role of the USA in World Affairs: Impact on South Asia” on Thursday, 26th January 2017, from 8.30 am to 1.00 pm, at the BCIS auditorium, BMICH, Colombo 07. As the second seminar of the “Signature Seminar” series launched by the BCIS in 2016, it explored the relationship of the United States of America with South Asia under a new administration.
The Seminar Series highlights BCIS’ contribution as an international relations think-tank and an academic institute, functioning both as a venue and forum for disseminating knowledge related to International Studies in which Sri Lankan perspectives on international issues could be brought to public attention, be discussed and debated.
The following prominent Sri Lankan diplomats and academics functioned as resource persons at this seminar:
• Guest of Honour – H. E. Atul Keshap,
U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Keynote Speaker
Ambassador (Retd.) H.M.G.S. Palihakkara,
Former Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Former Governor of the Northern Province, Sri Lanka
• Prof. Nayani Melegoda – Dean,
Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo
• Ambassador (Retd.) Danesh Casie Chetty – Director/Consultant – External Relations Office for National Unity & Reconciliation (ONUR)
• Ambassador (Retd.) Nihal Rodrigo – Former SAARC Secretary General, Former Secretary. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka
• Mr. Tissa Jayatilaka – Executive Director of the Bi-national United States-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission of Mutual Academic Exchange
• Prof. Tiffany Basciano – Associate Director of the International Law and Organizations Program at the School of Advanced International Studies Johns Hopkins University, USA
at the BCIS Wednesday, 15th February 2017 3.30 p.m to 5.00 p. m
The first LQA for 2017 was held at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) on Tuesday, 31st January 2017 marking the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Sri Lanka. Hailed as a milestone in bilateral relations, the LQA focused on the prospects and opportunities for the future. Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson and the Director General of East Asia and the Pacific at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ameer Ajwad discussed the contribution the two countries have made in a variety of fields, the achievements to date and the potential for further collaboration.
The Australian High Commissioner provided an overview of diplomatic relations from the time Australia sent Charles Frost to Colombo in 1947, through to the current phase of cooperation. He outlined commonalities between the two countries, noting that parliamentary democracy, commonwealth heritage and cricket were some of the strongest bonds. While the fields of education and skills development had seen greater cooperation, the Australian High Commissioner stressed that people-to-people contacts remained the bedrock of relations between the two countries. Sri Lankans continue to contribute immensely to Australian society in varying capacities enhancing the links with Sri Lanka.
Mr Ameer Ajwad highlighted the first contacts between the two countries as dating back to the 1800s when Ceylonese had made their first foray into Australia. This grew in the ensuing decades leading to the establishment of diplomatic relations and has been strengthened by consecutive governments in both countries. The Director General pointed out that the first Senior Official Talks between Australia and Sri Lanka in December 2015 had paved the way for further expanding areas of cooperation and ensuring a comprehensive outlook for the future.
Local and foreign participants from an array of fields of study and professions joined the LQA, with the dialogue generated at the session focused on Australia’s role in the pacific region, bilateral connectivity and regional cooperation as well as Australia’s continued support to Sri Lanka on national reconciliation and other fields.
Geared towards building awareness of issues in the field of International Relations, the LQA series of the BCIS creates a platform for dialogue in society for those interested in the sphere.
Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies
02 February 2017
Congratulations BCIS & AFOK
Dr. Harinda Vidanage, Director/ BCIS & Mr. Francis Cappe, Director /AFKO signed a MoU to recommence French language courses between the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies and Alliance Française de Kotte on 07th December 2016 @ the BCIS.
Dr. Harinda Vidanage /Director BCIS was a panelist, and a moderator at the Colombo Air force Symposium 2016, organized by the SL Air force which was held on the 01st & 02nd December 2016.
Mr. Nilanthan Niruthan ,visiting research associate, Lecturer/BCIS presented a paper on “Drone Warfare” at this symposium.
The theme of the symposium was “Air power in the context of Regional Defence and Security”
LQA – ‘Is Isolationism making a comeback? : US Foreign Policy 75 years after Pearl Harbour’
US Foreign Policy 75 years after Pearl Harbour
MR. TISSA JAYATILAKA,
Executive Director, US-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission and
MR. JAMES RUSSO,
Public Affairs Officer, US Embassy in Sri Lanka
meet at the next LQA at the BCIS
Friday, 16 December 2016 – 3.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
All are welcome..
The next LQA will see
DR DEEPIKA UDAGAMA,
Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, and
PROF RAVINDRA FERNANDO,
Senior Professor of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, and Acting Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo
to discuss the impact of the Declaration, role of education and protection of rights
on Thursday, 15 December 2016 @ 3.30 p.m. @ the BCIS and will be marking Human Rights Day
All are invited
Impact on society, effect of the stigma and fear, as well as the need for better communication – World AIDS Day
@ the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS)
Thursday, 24 November 2016 – 3.30 p.m-5.00 p.m.
See you there!! 🙂
Examination Time tables (Tentative) for the Advanced Certificate Course in International Relations & Certificate Course in International Relations [Academic Year: 2016 (B) (Proper Exam) and [Academic Year: 2016 (A) (Proper Exam) are released now.
Please log into Exam Schedules for further information.
The next LQA at the BCIS looks at the greatest
resource of humanity – Children, and their Rights
Dr Hiranthi Wijemanne,
Former Vice Chair, UN Monitoring Committee – Convention on the Rights of the Child, and
Dr Paula Bulancea,
Deputy Representative, UNICEF Sri Lanka
will reflect, at the LQA, on the action taken to uphold the rights of children and ensure their wellbeing amidst socio – economic advancements in society.
Join us on Tuesday, 15 November 2016
3.30 p.m to 5.00 p.m!
Join the LQA session on SriLanka – SAARC Diplomacy ,Regionalism & its future with H.E. Mr. Riaah & former Ambassador Nihal Rodrigo on 1st November from 3:30-5.00 p.m. @ the BCIS
Thursday, 17th November 2016
Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) will be organizing a seminar under the title; “Future of Economic Cooperation; Sri Lanka at a Crossroads,” on Thursday, 17th November 2016 from 8.30 am to 1.00 pm at the BCIS Auditorium, BMICH premises, Colombo 07.
Dr. W.A. Wijewardena, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka will be delivering the Keynote Speech.
The names of the panelists and topics are,
Session One- Current International Economic Cooperation
|Chaired by Mr. Arjuna Herath, Board Member, Bandaranaike National Memorial Foundation (BNMF)|
|Topic 01- Regionalism Vs. FTAs||Dr. Chandana Aluthge
Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Colombo
|Topic 02- Politics of International Economic Cooperation||Mr. Anushka Wijesinha, Chief Economist & Head of Economic Intelligence Unit, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce|
Session Two- Opportunities for Sri Lanka in International Economic Coeration
|Chaired by Mr. Kanishka Weerasinghe, Director General & CEO, Employers’ Federation of Ceylon|
|Topic 01- Repositioning Sri Lanka’s External Economic Agenda||Mr. Deshal De Mel, Senior Economist, Hayleys Group|
|Topic 02- The Role of FTAs in Driving Sri Lanka’s Trade Growth||Ms. Sonali Wijeratne, Director General, Department of Commerce.|
Please email your interest on or before 13th November 2016 by email to the following:
OR call (+94) 11 266 9056
Ambassador Danesh Casie Chetty, Office of National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) and Zoe Keeler, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office discuss the scope of reconciliation, its relevance in Sri Lanka and the opportunity for peace.
The Lecture, Question and Answer (LQA) session to mark World Food Day at the BCIS, focused on the dynamics of Food Security and preparations being made for the future.Laksiri Nanayakkara, Food Security Analyst at UN World Food Programme (UNWFP) and DilaniHirimuthugodage, Research Officer at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPA) were the panelists at the LQA.
Providing an overview of food security from a Sri Lankan perspective, Ms Hirimuthugodage raised concern over the provision of quality food amidst improving economic conditions. She noted that food insecurity was challenging and highly complex, with adequate measures required in fulfilling the growing demands.
Speaking on behalf of the UNWFP, Mr Nanayakkara discussed the consequences of climate change on food security in Sri Lanka. He articulated the need for change to be incorporated at every level from the farmers onwards in order to overcome the challenge posed by the climatic conditions. Drawing on historic examples of weather fluctuations in the country, Mr Nanayakkara opined that while drought-flooding patterns were becoming frequent, it was time to adapt rather than try to mitigate the impact.
The LQA brought together professionals and students from the field of international relations law, engineering as well as the media, experts from think tanks and scholars. During the discussion component of the LQA, the emphasis was focused heavily on the need to implement collaborative mechanisms, include change at every level and ensure the use of a comprehensive system of information dissemination. Members of the audience raised queries on whether adequate measures were being taken in the usage of land, the conditions of poverty being experienced by the initiators of the food chain, trends towards organic farming and self-sufficiency in the food production in an open economy.
The Lecture, Question and Answer (LQA) series of the BCIS while geared towards building awareness of issues in the field of International Relations creates a platform for dialogue in society for those interested in the sphere.
The LQA series continues on Tuesday, 25October 2016 with the emphasis on reconciliation as a path to peace in marking UN Day.
The ‘70/60 Travelling Exhibition’ of the United Nations was inaugurated at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) on 19 October 2016.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Harinda Vidanage welcomed the collaboration between the BCIS and the UN Team in Sri Lanka in presenting the Exhibition at the BCIS premises. The opportunity of showcasing the Exhibition which had travelled to distant parts of the island and was now in Colombo, came on the eve of UN Day which will be celebrated on 24 October. Dr Vidanage stressed that the Exhibition was part of the commemoration of UN Day at the BCIS, as the Exhibition would be complimented by a special Lecture, Question and Answer (LQA) session, next week, as part of the LQA series launched at the BCIS.
Alain Sibenalar, Chair of the United Nations Communication Group and Representative of UNFPA inaugurating the exhibition on behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator, highlighted the significance of the story being conveyed through the panels. He recalled that the UN Secretary General, during his recent visit to Sri Lanka had viewed the Exhibition at the UN Compound and had been impressed by the contribution that Sri Lanka had made over the years to the UN system as a whole.
The pictorial-trilingual exhibit panels cover significant milestones in the UN-Sri Lanka partnership and provide the viewer with a comprehensive synopsis of the the unique role Sri Lanka has played in the UN system.
The Exhibits, which will be on display for public viewing in the courtyard of the BCIS, will remain open till 02 November 2016.