South Asia, home to a fifth of mankind
and covering about
3.4% of the world's land mass, is often described as the most dangerous
place on earth. Being the most populated region in the world, it is also
one of the
poorest regions and least economically integrated. Over half a century
independence, the nations of South Asia remain mired in a vicious cycle
poverty, with deprivation and underdevelopment providing a fertile
intolerance and extremism – which in turn promotes conflict and
region’s vulnerabilities are enhanced by political, economic and social
instabilities as well as an increasingly difficult security environment.
South Asia needs to overcome the bitter legacies of the
past in order to create an enabling environment for peace and security, which is
critical to unleash the synergies necessary for economic progress. There can be
little doubt about the economic benefits to the
global economy from a peaceful and stable South Asia, or indeed the promising
peace dividend for the people of the region.
Currently negotiating one of the most critical
transitions in its history, Pakistan
sees national security and regional economic security to be an indispensable
component of peace and stability within and outside its borders. That is why
the policy of ‘Peace for Development’ as outlined by Prime Minister Muhammad
Nawaz Sharif means building a peaceful external environment so that South Asia
could realize its potential as a stable, robust and progressive region.
Please be welcome to this seminar, where Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on
Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi, will give a talk on the challenges of
regional security in South Asia and its global prospects.
Chair: Kristian Berg Harpviken, PRIO Director.
Fatemi (born July 9, 1944 in Dhaka, Bangladesh) is a seasoned diplomat and geo-strategist.
career diplomat for over 35 years, he held various diplomatic assignments in
Pakistan Missions abroad, including Moscow (twice), New York, Washington
(twice), and Beijing. He was Additional Foreign Secretary (Americas and Europe
Divisions), and later worked in the Prime Minister's Office in charge of
Defense, Defense Production and Foreign Affairs. Later, he was promoted to the
highest rank in the country's civil service, that of a Federal Secretary.
delegate to the UN General Assembly Sessions from 1982 to 1986, he also attended
numerous Non-Aligned and OIC Conferences, while also being involved in the UN-sponsored Geneva negotiations on Afghanistan in the mid-80s.
served as High Commissioner (Ambassador) of Pakistan to Zimbabwe, with
concurrent accreditation to Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. Later, he
served as Ambassador to the United States, Jordan, Belgium and Luxembourg and
finally, to the European Union (Brussels), from where he retired in 2004.
retirement, he joined the Pakistan Muslim League (N), assisting the Party on
foreign policy matters. He also taught at the Foreign Service Academy, the
National Defence University, the Administrative Staff College and other