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Three-day Intl conference on Intl Relations to start today.

ISLAMABAD, April 05, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- A three-day international conference on The State of International Relations in Pakistan at the Department of International Relations (IR), Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) will start from today (Monday). The Department of IR, in collaboration with Hanns Seidel Foundation is holding the three-day international conference. The objective of the conference is to compare and contrast the state of International Relations in Pakistan with global and regional perspectives. The deliberations of the conference would provide theoretical insights into the inter-relationship between various levels of analyses of international relations as a discipline. Using various theoretical frameworks, the participants would reflect on the state of international relations in various regions such as South Asia, South West Asia and Central Asia, a press release said. Within this context eminent international, regional and Pakistani scholars will participate in and contribute to the discussion. Dr Qasim Jan, vice chancellor QAU, Prof Dr Tahir Amin, chairman, Department of IR, QAU and Richard Asbeck, resident representative Hanns Seidel Foundation will speak on the inaugural day. On the second day of the conference, Thomas Biersteker from Graduate School of International Studies, Geneva, will present the key note address, while Dr Tahir Amin and Dr Mansur Umer from the department of IR, QAU will speak on Competing world orders in IR theory and IR theory: a European perspective respectively. Similarly, Dr Swaran Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India; Dr Imtiaz Ahmad, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Prof Dr Rasul Bakhsh Rais, LUMS, Lahore will speak on the state of IR in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan respectively. Meanwhile, Professor Hassan Askari Rizvi will present his views on Conflict and cooperation in South Asia, Dr Mavara Inayat on Mumbai attacks and India-Pakistan composite dialogue and Prof Dr Riffat Hussain on Resolving Kashmir dispute: blending justice with realism. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal will speak on Paradox of deterrence: India-Pakistan strategic relations on the occasion. On the last day of the conference, Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad, Conceptualizing terrorism: perspective from the periphery, Ms Aisha Younus, Pakistans war against terror and Mr Mujeeb Afzal on US-India-Pakistan: A triangular relationship will present their views. Similarly, Dr Muhammad Islam, professor in Social Sciences, Bahria University, Islamabad will present his views on Conflict and cooperation in Central Asia, Dr Lubna Abid Ali on Pakistan-Iran relations in post-imperialist era and Mahmudul Hassan Butt on Gaza Conflict: Repercussions for Middle East and Beyond. Meanwhile, Dr Khwaja Al Qama, Bahauddin Zakria University Multan, Dr Moonis Ahmer, chairman, Dept of IR, Karachi University and Dr Musarrat Jabeen, chairperson, Dept of IR, University of Balochistan will take part in a roundtable on Teaching and method in International Relations discipline. Mr Abdul Sattar, former foreign minister, will address the concluding session of conference on Foreign policy challenges for Pakistan.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Article Type:Conference news
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Apr 5, 2009
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