STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE ISLAMABAD – RAWALPINDI ISLAMABAD UNION OF JOURNALISTS HOSTS WORKSHOP
“Global Strategic Environment & Issues of Terrorism and Nuclear Proliferation: Pakistan’s Nuclear Programme”
On March 18, 2015, Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad (SSII) hosted a day workshop for the Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ), titled “Global Strategic Environment & Issues of Terrorism and Nuclear Proliferation: Pakistan’s Nuclear Programme.” The workshop was attended by local journalists from Islamabad and Rawalpindi Division including Taxila and Wah Cantt.
DG SSII Dr Shireen M Mazari introduced the workshop with a brief overview of the world order in the post Cold War era. She said that the world has two competing global orders. One is uni-polarity (single hegemon) and the other is the “Coalition of the Willing” while the whole notion of security has been redefined whereby the UN system has been undermined. After the Cold War, people started to assume that economics would dominate, but if we look at the collapse of the Soviet Union, militarisation has now become even more predominant than before. Economic issues are becoming militarised in many ways and are now used for politico-military purposes.
She also mentioned that the contemporary international system is also marked with the phenomenon of globalisation, where states are not the only actors in shaping the global environment. The international regimes coupled with Multi National Corporations and Non- governmental Organisations play a crucial role in policymaking. Dr Mazari argued that there is a myth created about Pakistan being militarily dependent on the US, however in reality Pakistan’s strategic weapons are indigenously developed.
During the workshop, issues of arms control and disarmament were also brought under discussion. Dr Mazari highlighted how the Indo-US nuclear deal and the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group waiver for India has undermined the global non-proliferation regime. She said, the contemporary non-proliferation debate was focused exclusively on the nuclear programmes of certain countries namely Iran and Pakistan. In order to make progress on the issue there was a need to talk about the proliferation by Western countries especially those supporting the Israeli nuclear programme. In conclusion Dr Mazari also suggested that the only way forward for both India and Pakistan was the security route to cooperation, which would be based on mutual trust and would enhance cooperation between both the nations. The session included discussion by journalists on issues of nuclear policy.
Director General ACDA (Strategic Plans Division) Mr. Khalid Banuri presented contours of nuclear politics in South Asia and explained the uses of nuclear technology for both military and peaceful uses. He elaborated the Non-Proliferation efforts by international non- proliferation and disarmament regime. All sessions were followed by interactive discussions with participants.
The interactive workshop ended with certificate distribution and donation of seminar sound system for the RIUJ. General Secretary RIUJ Bilal Dar thanked DG SSII Dr Shireen Mazari for the auspicious contribution and expressed that the journalist community upholds its responsibility for free and transparent media.