Mr. Shafqat Munir, Research Fellow and Head of Bangladesh Centre for Terrorism Research (BCTR) recently participated at a conference of the Consortium of South Asian Think Tanks (COSATT) on ‘South Asia Amidst a New World Order’ organised jointly by the Centre for South Asian Studies in Kathmandu and the Konrad Adeanauer Stiftung. It was attended by heads and representatives of think tanks from across the region as well as prominent members of the Nepalese civil society. In his remarks Mr. Munir highlighted the cyber threats faced by the region and the need for a common regional approach to meet the challenge.
The recently held conference was a special one as it marked the tenth anniversary of COSATT. Since its inception in 2008 COSATT has emerged as a powerful epistemic network of think tanks from all 8 South Asian countries. It has published numerous books, monographs and papers on issues of regional importance. It has also played a critical role in bringing together civil society from the whole region to deliberate on issues of critical importance. BIPSS is a co-founder of COSATT and been proudly associated with the network throughout the last decade.