Assistant Professor at Department of Peace and Conflict Studies Dr. Arshi Saleem Hashmi participated in a course on Terrorism as a Threat to Global Security at Harvard.
The five-day seminar was organized jointly by The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) under The US – South Asia Leader Engagement Program.
The course was attended by delegations from nine countries including Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and USA.
The Pakistani delegation also included representatives from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pakistan military respectively.
Delving into the details of the program, Dr. Arshi told that the program was for people working at policy level or researching in the field of terrorism studies. She said that a number of issues related to use of religion in violent conflicts were discussed both theoretically as well as their implications.
During the seminar, delegations from respective countries delivered presentations on threats posed by terrorism to their countries and subsequent counter-terrorism measures opted by the governments. Later, delegates were divided into different heterogeneous international working groups who prepared presentations describing region-wide terror threats and measures to counter them.
Expressing contentment over the participation, Dr. Arshi said, “It was great experience to not only hear from other participants their perspectives on terrorism and the counter terrorism strategies but it was also a great opportunity to share what we in Pakistan have been doing and future scenarios.”