Speakers want enhanced ties between Pak, Iran
ISLAMABAD: Speakers here on Thursday highlighted the shared heritage between Iran and Pakistan and importance of frequent interaction for the cause of mutual security and multidimensional bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI) organized a bilateral dialogue with the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS), Tehran at its premises here on Thursday.
At the inaugural session, Director General of the ISSI Dr. Tanvir Ahmed Khan Dr. Mostafa Dolatyar, Director General of the IPIS addressed the participants and thanked the ISSI for extending the invitation for the dialogue, anticipated a constructive meeting which is essential for better understanding of each others' concerns.
The first session titled ' Iran and Pakistan's Worldview' was chaired by Dr. Rifaat Hussain, Chairman, DSS Department of the Quaidi-Azam University, Islamabad, who began by explaining why understanding worldviews is important since they provide the contexts that shape poli- cies. Dr. Tanvir Ahmed Khan, in his presentation on the Pakistani worldview, elaborated on the changing global dynamics of new challenges to a specific form of globalization and western hegemony that had come up in the shape of, for instance, non-state actors and the rise of China.
Emphasizing the importance of economic development, he highlighted that a preoccupation with consumption in the United States as other economies now manufacture, and the recent financial crisis has forced introspection in the western economies.
He noted that while the U.S. remains the world's biggest military power, its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been costly, it has failed in its endeavorus to rebalance the world, and it now sees itself at a serious competitive disadvantage with China.
Dr. Khan then went on to examine in greater details the dimensions of these changing global dynamics for Afghanistan, Africa, the Middle East, highlighting issues of specific interest to Pakistan and its neighbours within these changing contexts. Presenting his paper on the Iranian worldview, Dr. Mostafa Dolatyar also stressed that the developments of this century with their universal effects have led to the fall of a U.S. hegemony as we see other rising global and regional powers. There has been, he contended, a rise of Asia again as the continent's population and production challenges existing global governance patterns that are exhibited through frameworks set up by the western powers. However, this system has been unable to cope with a non-polar world, which now requires multipartnerships. -App
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