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Illinois State graduate student presents at 48th Annual South Asia Conference

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Zunaid Almamun (pictured second from the left) presents at 48th Annual South Asia Conference.

Zunaid Almamun, a graduate student of the Department of Politics and Government, presented his research paper, “The Aftermath of Political Settlement in the Chittagong Hill Tracts: Actors and Interests,” at the 48th Annual Conference on South Asia at Madison, Wisconsin on October 19, 2019.

His paper looked at the political settlement taking the post-conflict situation in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) as a case study. He argues that although It was expected that the CHT accord signed between the government of Bangladesh and the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS) in 1997 would bring peace and political stability in this region; nevertheless, the political settlement process in CHT has failed to align the interests of various interest groups and powerful actors which resulted in political fragmentation and continued violence in this region.

His paper was presented at the panel titled “Governance Challenges in Bangladesh: Critical Perspectives” chaired by Distinguished Professor Ali Riaz. Almamun was also the organizer of this panel.

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