LUMS Faculty Talks About 'Globalisation and World Order'
Dr. Rasul Bakhsh Rais, Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences was invited to give a talk on "Globalisation and World Order" to the participants of the National Security and War Course at the National Defence University (NDU) on August 31, 2012. The participants of the course were military/civil officers from Pakistan and military officers from allied countries. Dr. Rais focused on why world systems have changed over time from multi-polar until the end of World War II to bi-polar and then now to uni-polar. "The concept of polarity basically captures how many centres of military power dominate the world system, their objectives, strategies and over all impact on the security, political and diplomatic climate of the region," he said. He went on to explain that global systems are dynamic in character, as slow or rapid changes in technologies, economy and society in different parts of the world incrementally or in a little way redefine how power and influence in the world system is distributed.
"Globalization is an extension of interdependence among state that started long time back and was driven by trade, navigation of the seas and industrial revolution. During the last century it became more and more complex and compelling. Today, it rides the way of communication technologies and has created a much denser web or relationship in bringing international society together on environment, human rights and peaceful political change. It has alway opened societies to new information, foreign cultures, life styles and various ideological streams and perspectives. The current state of globalization is pushing economic issues to the front of global agenda, reducing somewhat the salience of traditional security issues," elaborated Dr. Rais.