Prof. Zakir Hossain Raju talks at the National Defense College


Prof. Zakir Hossain Raju, Head, Department of Media and Communication at IUB recently delivered a special lecture at the National Defense College (NDC) to prepare selected senior officers of the armed forces, the civil services and the allied countries for taking up higher responsibilities towards national security and development.
Prof. Raju was invited to deliver this special lecture on “Information as an Instrument of National Power" that took place in NDC campus on 14 July 2019. The lecture was the part of the National Defense Course 2019 in which renowned Professors and Experts of national and international repute from home and abroad were invited to speak.
Professor Raju, in his lecture highlighted both conceptual and practical aspects of employing information as an instrument of national power to secure National Security Policy goals alongside other instruments such as military, diplomacy, economic, and cyber etc. Covering from US to Asian ‘Doctrines of Defense’, he also emphasized on multiple notions of Power from renowned thinkers ranging from Michael Foucault to Joseph Nye. The lecture also included policy and strategy recommendations for small and middle powers (Bangladesh and like countries, in particular) on how to use information tools, navigate through and survive in an information domain characterized by interstate tension and competition.
85 senior officers of Bangladesh Army, Navy, Air Force, Civil Service and Allied officers of the rank of Brigadier General and equivalent, including 31 foreign course members from 16 different countries took part.