Mangaluru, Aug 21, 2015: The department of Political Science of St. Aloysius College, Mangaluru organized a seminar on the topic “Regional look at security in South and Central Asia” by guest lecturer Dr. Stephen Tankel.Ms. Ariel Pollock, Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate, Chennai was also present for the occasion.
The guest lecturer for this convocation, Dr. Stephen Tankel spoke about counterterrorism, counter narcotics and USA’s policies towards it with respect to its relations with the countries of South and Central Asia. In his lecture, he mentioned the various aspects of various terrorism groups and how these groups are not strategic players but can be used to have strategic effect in terms of hampering connectivity among different countries.
He stated that India is perceived by the USA as a net security provider in Central Asia. It is increasingly encouraged to continue the growing engagement it has with its neighboring countries. He further mentioned that there is a difference between looking strong and being strong and that India’s settling of disputes peacefully is an example of being strong.
This lecture was followed by a robust interactive session wherein the media, the students as well as the staff indulged in an informative question-answer session with the guest lecturer himself.
The Public Affairs Officer of the US Consulate in Chennai, Ms. Ariel Pollock briefly summarized the forum. She stated that the US consulate looks forward to such discussions as a strategic plus partnership where they look to build people to people ties between India and the USA.
Rev. Fr. Swebert D’Silva SJ, Principal of St. Aloysius College emphasized that every student of the college should be globally competent. Dr. Rose Veera D’Souza, HOD of Political Science welcomed the gathering.
In summation, the vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. Alwyn D’Souza, faculty of Political Science department. Over a 100 students actively participated in this event.