On 3rd June 2021, the fourth session of the Specialized Course “Contemporary Dynamics of Pakistan” was held. The specialized course is jointly organized by the Regional Integration Center (RIC), University of the Punjab, Lahore and the Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), Islamabad for the foreign diplomats and nationals.
The theme of the fourth session was “Pakistan from Geopolitics to Geo-economy: A Strategic Act’’ and the speaker for this session was Dr. Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan, Member Board of Expert, CGSS, and Regional Geo-Political Expert.
Dr. Mehmood gave brief presentation on the importance of Pakistan’s geopolitics and geo economy as both phenomena are inter-connected. He stated that the regional connectivity and trans-regional programs would increase the connectivity in regional politics. While explaining the significant contours of Geo economy, he stated that Pakistan is a bridge between Central Asia and South Asian connectivity. Furthermore, he stated that the paradigm shift of Pakistan from Geo-politics to Geo-economy is a positive step for Stability and Development. Dr. Mehmood also briefed the participants about Pakistan’s blue economy through Gwadar port and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
He comprehensively explained the Balance of power theory and its relevance in international relations. Dr. Mehmood stated that Balance of power theory is the essence of international relations, thus elaborated the substantial and major methods of Balance of Power.
Dr. Mehmood also explained the pivotal role of Pakistan as balancing act between different countries, i.e., Iran-KSA, China-USA, Russia-Ukraine, Qatar-GCC, India-Kashmir and Turkey-Egypt/UAE. While briefing about Pakistan’s position in the regional and international organization, Dr. Mehmood elaborated the role and structures of the ASEAN and SCO. He Stated that Pakistan has been doing innovative balancing act in international organizations as well. Dr. Mehmood further enlightened the audience that Pakistan is the hub of regional integration, therefore, prospects for joint ventures, economic connectivity and progressive partnership for regional cooperation are high.
The session was moderated by Ms. Maryam Raza, Research Associate, Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), Islamabad.
The course is attended by foreign diplomats and nationals from various regional countries. This course will equip them with the knowledge of the contemporary dynamics of Pakistan and its various sectors.