New NATO Member’s Perspective on AfghanistanIPSweb
A roundtable was held on January 13, 2009 to discuss perspective of new NATO members on Afghanistan. Dr. Janos Tranyi, Director General of Hungarian Institute of International Affairs, was the main speaker while a select group of distinguished Pakistani scholars, security analysts, foreign policy experts and academician participated in the discussion. Former Secretary General of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, and Member National Academic Council (NAC) of IPS, Mr. Akram Zaki, chaired the meeting.
Terrorist incident at one place had its consequences and effects somewhere else, Dr. Tranyi stressed. However, “listening to those who are directly affected by the problems and to understand the phenomenon from their perspective” would be the best response to terrorist activities, he concluded.
Participants underscored that “current terrorism is a cumulative result of lopsided policies of United States and unfortunately NATO seems to have become a tool or war machine in the hands of US warriors.”