Focus on South Asia: Course for Senior Officials arrives in Pakistan

Donnerstag, 1. November 2018

First-hand impressions are irreplaceable. That is why the Course for Senior Officials has travelled to South Asia for the second time this year. The visit includes high-level talks in Pakistan and India.

Zu sehen ist die Faisal-Moschee in Islamabad

The first station will take the seminar to Islamabad in Pakistan. One of the city’s best-known landmarks is the Shah Faisal Mosque, which offers space for up to 74,000 worshippers in its courtyard. Picture: Muzaffar Bukhari/Flickr/cut to size/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Demographics, climate change, migration, environmental protection, the fight against terrorism – South Asia is facing numerous challenges. All of these have a direct influence on Europe and other regions. This involves risks as well as opportunities.

Wind of change in the region

Zu sehen ist das Humayun-Mausoleum in Dehli, Indien

The programme subsequently includes a visit to New Delhi in India. The picture shows Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi.
Foto: niharbb/Flickr/cut to size/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

A wind of change is blowing across the region. China is substantially expanding its footprint, while the influence the United States has in the region seems to be decreasing. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is not only creating infrastructure and jobs, but is also leading to new dependencies and changing values. India is not the only country that is sceptical about this development.

Stations in South Asia

Zu sehen ist das Gateway of India in  Mumbai

The final station is Mumbai in India, with the Gateway of India next to the Thane Creek. The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel can be seen in the background. It was targeted in a severe terror attack on 26 November 2008. Picture: Ben Beiske/Flickr/cut to size/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Following a week of intense preparations in Berlin, the participants will now gain first-hand impressions on-site. In Islamabad, New Delhi and Mumbai, they will hold numerous talks with experts from national institutions and with international representatives. During the talks with the decision makers, the key objective will be to understand their perspective and the underlying causal relations of their actions. This is a crucial prerequisite for any type of political work associated or carried out together with this region.

As a key component of the Federal Academy’s advanced training programmes, the Course for Senior Officials for security policy enables high-ranking representatives from the federal and regional level, various industries, science, the media and society to engage in a focused strategic analysis of the region. At the same time, it significantly contributes to the establishment and development of a security policy network consisting of state and non-state actors.

Author: Peter Härle