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The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) organized the fourth BCIS Emerging Scholars Symposium – 2021 (BCIS ESS) under the theme of “International Relations in the New Normal and Beyond’. The Symposium consisted of eight panels under sub-themes of International Relations in Cyberspace, South Asia and the Evolving Strategic Competition in the Indian Ocean, Vaccine...
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The fourth virtual “BCIS Global Transformations Lecture, ” for 2021  was held on Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 12 noon to 1.00p.m. via Micorosft Teams titled, “Why New Zealand in Sri Lanka? The Rationale for Opening a Kiwi Diplomatic Mission in Colombo.” The lecture was delivered by His Excellency Mr. Michael Appleton, High Commissioner of New Zealand to Sri Lanka followed by questions and answers/ discussions. Approximately 107 participants joined the lecture.  Dr Minna Thaheer, Director/BCIS, chaired...
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The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS), Colombo organized the webinar on ‘Multilateralism: The Search for a Common Agenda’ on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon to share views on the UN Secretary General’s landmark report ‘Our Common Agenda’ which looks ahead to the next 25 years. The report was presented...
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Facing the Taliban: Experiences of a Female UN Aid Worker in Taliban Controlled Afghanistan (1997-2001) BCIS’ ‘Historical Narratives in Diplomacy- Being There,’ entitled ‘Facing the Taliban: Experiences of a Female UN Aid Worker in Taliban Controlled Afghanistan (1997-2001),’ narrated by Ambassador Anoja Wijeyesekera, former International Civil Servant who worked with the UNICEF in Afghanistan and...
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The Virtual Inauguration Ceremony of the International Relations Courses, of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS), for the Academic Year: 2021( B ) was held on October 09, 2021. The Chief Guest at the event Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, former Foreign Secretary and Sri Lanka’s immediate former Ambassador to the United States of America delivered...
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The first Virtual Convocation Ceremony of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) for the year 2020 was held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. His Excellency David McKinnon, High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka and the Maldives graced this event as the Chief Guest and delivered the commencement address....
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The third virtual ‘BCIS Global Transformations Lecture’ for 2021 was held on Saturday,  September 11, 2021 from 12.00 hrs. to 13.30 hrs, via Zoom titled, “Bangladesh at 50: Internal Transformation and External Outreach.  The lecture was delivered by Dr. Sufia Khanom, Senior Research Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), Dhaka, Bangladesh.   The High Commissioner of Bangladesh His Excellency Tareq Md Ariful Islam also graced the event and took part in the discussions.   Dr Minna Thaheer, Director, Bandaranaike Centre for...
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The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies conducted the virtual discussion entitled ‘Re-Talibanisation in Afghanistan: Challenges and Prospects,’ on September 8, 2021, with the objective of contributing towards a better understanding of the regional and global implications of the unfolding events in Afghanistan. The webinar ended with a positive note of hope for security and stability...
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The Virtual Inauguration Ceremony of the Language Programmes of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS), for the Academic Year: 2021 (B) was successfully held on Saturday, August 21, 2021. Professor Harshana Rambukwella, Director, Postgraduate Institute of English, Open University of Sri Lanka graced the Inauguration Ceremony as the Chief Guest and addressed the participants....
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BCIS’ ‘Historical Narratives in Diplomacy- Being There,’ entitled “On Diplomatic Postings, We Sometimes Bump into Crises that Didn’t Exist Before,” narrated by Ambassador Dr John Gooneratne, was held online on Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 12.00 noon to 1.30 p.m.       “Historical Narratives in Diplomacy- Being There,” provides a platform for sharing experience of eminent experts with emerging...
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