Geography of South Asia - Genesis of Conflicts and the Possibility of Peace

Vortrag von Raquib Ahmed, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh, Mo 11.11.2013, 17:00 Uhr, HS 414.

Dr. Raquib Ahmed
Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh

The discussion in the presentation depicts how South Asia grew as a geographical region and the political transformation created a scope of social and political instability. However the economic prosperity and social stability decreased due to growing external influences of social and economic powers from other parts of Asia and Europe. The alien powers used intra-regional weakness as an advantage, settled down as colonial powers and routed the new concept of division, suppression and exploitation. This continues even today in various new forms and the region is having newer types of conflicts. In the advent of newly complex situations the dimensions of intra-regional and internationally linked conflicts have jeopardized the question of future peace in the region. But globalization of economy, fast virtual communication and increasing human spatial movements appear to bring a light in the horizon of sinking intra-regional and global peace.

Raquib Ahmed is Professor and Chairman of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Rajshahi (Bangladesh). He studied Geography at the Universities of Rajshahi, Mysore (India) and Berlin (Germany). He worked as Professor at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur (Pakistan) and was a Guest Professor for the Chinese Academy of Sciences at the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications in Beijing and at the Institute of Ecology and Geography in Urumqi, Xinjiang. Currently he is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Geography at the Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg (Germany). His main research interests are remote sensing and GIS application in land use change and modeling, coastal land and environment management, National Geospatial Data Infrastructure and Regional Geography of South Asia.

Der Vortrag findet um 17:00 Uhr c.t. im HS 414 im ersten Stock der Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät, Hellbrunnerstr. 34 statt.

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