Countering Violent Extremism in Bangladesh

September 28, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th ST NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

Countering Violent Extremism in Bangladesh: 
Resisting Terrorism in the Name of Religion

A conversation with:
Shahriar Kabir
Human Rights Activist

Introduced and Moderated by:
Shuja Nawaz
Distinguished Senior Fellow
South Asia Center, Atlantic Council


Please join the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center for a conversation on ongoing de-radicalization efforts in Bangladesh and the role of civil society in rooting out extremism. In a moderated conversation with Distinguished Senior Fellow Shuja Nawaz, Mr. Shahriar Kabir, a prominent Bangladeshi human rights activist, will discuss his efforts to promote secular democracy based on pluralism in Bangladeshi society and campaigns against religious extremism. The discussion will focus on reforming the educational system as a means to counter violent extremism and identifying lessons for South Asian countries confronting the scourge of religious extremism. 

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

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Mr. Shahriar Kabir is a journalist, filmmaker, and most importantly, a human rights activist. Mr. Kabir is active in defending and upholding the causes of minority groups in Bangladesh. After completing his schooling in 1968 with a Higher Secondary Certificate and formal education in 1971, Mr. Kabir began his journalist career and served as a member of the editorial board of Vichitra, a popular weekly magazine. In 1993, Mr. Kabir wrote “Bangladeshe Sampradayikatar Chalchitra (Present State of Communalism in Bangladesh).” In 2001, Mr. Kabir earned fame for his short film titled, “Cry for Justice,” a film made on the Bangladesh liberation war. In his line of work, Mr. Kabir focuses on secular democracy based on pluralism in Bangladeshi society and against any form of communalism and fundamentalism. Currently, Mr. Kabir is working on two papers regarding communal persecutions and the rise of fundamentalist militant groups in Bangladesh. 

Mr. Shuja Nawaz is currently a distinguished senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center. Most recently, he was the Center's first director. Mr. Nawaz was educated at Gordon College, Rawalpindi, where he obtained a BA in economics and English literature and the Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University in New York. Mr. Nawaz writes for leading newspapers and websites and speaks on current topics before civic groups, at think tanks, and on radio and television worldwide. He has worked with RAND, the United States Institute of Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and other leading think tanks on projects dealing with Pakistan and the Middle East. He has also advised or briefed senior government and military officials and parliamentarians in the United States, Europe, and Pakistan. He was also a director at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna from 1999 to 2001.