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UOL hosts Int’l Conference on Threats to Security

The University of Lahore’s School of Integrated Social Sciences (SISS) hosted a two-day international conference themed Threats to Security in the 21st Century: Finding a Global Way Forward. The conference held on May 5-6, 2018 brought together practitioners; academics and budding scholars from China, UK, US, Australia, Italy, Germany, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Nigeria and India to discuss the multifarious threats to security in contemporary times and finding solutions that are common to all transcending territorial boundaries.

A total of 23 public and private universities and 5 regional and international think tanks participated in the conference in which 13 panels of varying discussions were held. Participants that consisted of 70 national and international delegates presented varying research on Human Security; Security & Policy, Threats to Security, Environmental Security, Regional Security (two panels), Middle East Security Perspectives, Cyber Security, Maritime Security (two panels) and Nuclear Weapons & Security (three panels).

While addressing participants as the Chief Guest, Sardar Masood Khan the President Azad Jammu and Kashmir called on participants to adhere to good governance and institution-building as the most important ways to deal with newly-emerging threats to security. “Pakistan in particular must utilize its youth bulge and harness its human resources to deal with the variety of threats to its security,” he emphasized.

He also said that the world is in a state of flux dominated by emerging issues, strife and non-traditional threats. In order to address these issues, the President asserted that the world order must be based on upholding human rights and not dictated by realpolitik, xenophobia and war-mongering. The President further told the audience of the four mega projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), including two hydropower projects, a Special Economic Zone in Mirpur and the Mansehra-Mirpur Expressway currently underway.

The international forum featured a conversation between renowned Pakistan journalist Ejaz Haider and Hina Rabbani Khar, former foreign minister on challenges to Pakistan's security and foreign policy and regional security imperatives. Ms. Khar stressed on the need for Pakistan to develop policies that are not ad-hoc or short term but rather long term with a focus on fostering strong ties with neighbors in the region.

With reference to Indo-Pak relations, Khar asserted that the revenge of geography ordains Pakistan to be mindful of its neighbors and that any India-Pak future should not be the representative of their past relations.

First strategic and foreign affairs Magazine launched

At the opening ceremony on May 5, the University of Lahore launched the country's first strategic and foreign affairs magazine "Pakistan Politico". Speaking on the occasion, Chairman BoG, University of Lahore, Mr. Awais Raoof, Executive Editor Pakistan Politico, announced the launch of the magazine and said that it would go a long way in channelizing strategic thoughts and building better narrative of Pakistan. Pakistan Politico is a monthly magazine by Jehan publications.

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