Islamabad - There is a rebalance in US policy with focus on Asia-Pacific region, including South Asia, which has been motivated by economic considerations in the new globalised world.

It was highlighted by Lt Gen (Retd) Dan Leaf, Director Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies (APCSS), during a lecture on “Geostrategic Dynamics of Asia Pacific Region and Post-2014 US Policy in the Region” here at National University of Sciences and Technology on Tuesday.

Multilateralism as a new model for resolution of disputes is on the rise, said Leaf. He cited examples of successful resolution of disputes in Asia Pacific through multilateral approaches. Answering a question about Pak-US relations, he said that distrust between Pakistan and US was detrimental to the interests of both countries. Therefore, there is a need to build a futuristic collaborative relationship.  Underscoring new challenges to the world, he talked about governance and security which could help address major issues.  Peaceful and prosperous South Asia can contribute to global peace, he said. Earlier, Dr Tughral Yaminhighlighted the significance of Pak-US relations and the US role in the region.

especially US involvement in educational and socio-economic development of Pakistan.

In his concluding remarks, Rector NUST Engr Muhammad Asghar highlighted growing interdependence of nations and the role of knowledge (universities) in dispelling misperceptions among peoples. Science and technology and universities can be potent agents of change for a peaceful world, he said. He concluded by saying that there will be growing cooperation among nations in transnational issues.