As highlighted by Lt Gen (R) Dan
Leaf, Director Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies during a lecture on
“Geostrategic Dynamics of Asia Pacific Region and Post-2014 US Policy in the
Region” at NUST, there is a rebalance in US policy with a sharpening of focus
on Asia-Pacific region, including South Asia, which has been motivated by
economic considerations in the new globalized world.
General Leaf commented on the rise
of multilateralism as a new model for the resolution of disputes and cited
examples of successful resolution of disputes in Asia Pacific through
multilateral approaches. Answering a
question about Pak-US relations, he said that distrust between Pakistan and US was
detrimental to the interests of both countries, requiring the need to build a
futuristic collaborative relationship.
Underscoring upcoming global challenges, he talked about governance and
security which could help address major issues.
He ended by emphasizing that a peaceful and prosperous South Asia could
contribute to global peace.
Earlier, Dr Tughral Yamin,
Associate Dean of Centre for International Peace and Stability (CIPS),
highlighted the significance of Pak-US relations and the role of US in the region,
especially its involvement in the educational and socio-economic development of
his concluding remarks, Rector NUST Engr Muhammad Asghar highlighted the growing
interdependence of nations and the role of knowledge (universities) in
dispelling misperceptions among peoples.
He described how Science and Technology universities could be potent
agents of change for a peaceful world, and concluded by saying that there would
be growing cooperation among nations on transnational issues.