|International Relations and Bangladesh
Harun ur Rashid
ISBN 984 05 1664 7 2004 462pp 215x136mm HB Tk.550.00 US$27.00
The book traces the evolution of major events of international relations during the 19th and 20th centuries and the emergence of independent states in Asia and Africa in post-colonial period and their impact on inter-state relations. The book provides insights into rivalry and power play of big powers in influencing global and regional events including some of the on-going intractable conflicts in many parts of the world. The September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in the US has brought about dramatic changes in international relations and this book contributes to an understanding of a post-September world at the start of the present century.
The book also describes Bangladesh’s foreign policy and its contribution to establishing a world of peace, harmony and prosperity. The book argues that no state, not even a powerful one, can alone address the challenging global issues of the day. It needs to work with other states, in multilateral institutions including the UN, to effectively resolve issues, such as terrorism, migration, environment, health, poverty, hunger, disease, gender-equality and empowerment of women, organised crime and drug trafficking.
The book is useful for students, teachers, lawyers and foreign policy experts.
Harun ur Rashid (b.1934) served as Director General (1976-79) and Additional Foreign Secretary (1986-87) in the Foreign Office of Bangladesh. He served as Bangladesh Ambassador to Nepal (1981-82), Australia (1982-84), the Philippines (1984-86) and to the United Nations (1987-1991), Geneva from where he retired.
He joined the Foreign Office in Pakistan in the 60s. Later he was on deputation to the UN Secretariat in New York as a Research Fellow in 1969. He spent sometime at The Hague Academy of International Law in 1969 prior to the UN assignment. He earned his professional degree of Barrister-at-law from the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London in 1961, after having obtained a Masters degree from Dhaka University in 1957. He taught law in the Dhaka University and the Central Law College, Dhaka in the early 60s.
After retirement he contributes weekly columns on foreign affairs to English-language dailies and weeklies in Bangladesh. These publications include Bangladesh Foreign Relations (2001), Indo-Bangladesh Relations (2002), Refugee Law (2000), The Diary of a Diplomat (1999) and International Law: Bangladesh Perspective.