NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL FOR BANGLADESH: DEBATES AND ISSUES
Keywords:NATIONAL SECURITY, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL
The concept of national security in the present days’ perspectives has undergone a paradigm
shift recently to take us beyond military might and external threats. New and innovative dimensions
of internal security have come into view. A holistic approach to security today embraces all sources
of insecurities emanating from internal political, economic and social disorders as well as external
threats. Security issues in Bangladesh have not been handled adequately till now and consequential
developments are a number of fault-lines generating threats. Recent political anarchy and the
nation-wide coordinated explosion of bombs have thrown great challenges to its security. Moreover,
issues of poverty, corruptions, lack of justice, etc have also become relevant. Accordingly, platform
like the National Security Council (NSC) has been floated by some to handle the present day’s security problems. But, some are suspicious that NSC will mainly serve the corporate interests
of the military. Experiences of NSC in the world’s democratic nations show that it can have a
flexible structure and variable modus operandi to suit the particular needs of a country. The key
here is the set of principles on which the organisation has its edifice. Bangladesh too can establish
mechanisms to suit its own interests. There is, thus, a need to work out a solution so that NSC
can be made acceptable to the majority, and national security is not threatened and trampled upon
in the long run.
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