Afkar-e-Taza Fest 2020 kicked off at Al-Hamra on Saturday. While addressing the opening session, Former UK High Commission to Pakistan and National Security Advisor for UK Sir Mark Justin Lyall Grant said that winners of the second world war set up new norms and set up liberal norms. There are human and universal values in western countries, he added.
He said that many new initiatives were founded in the post-World War 2 era, from conflict resolution to environmental resolutions were founded in that era. With the rapid expansion of the United Nations (UN), humanitarian responsibilities were new interactions and new initiatives. But currently, we have seen push back against this liberal push back. He observed that some nations believe the west has exploited the concept of humanitarian. Geopolitics is being changed with the rise of China. There may be a new made in China version of new world order. There are a number of challenges in the new world order.
He was of the view that throughout the cold war the liberal world order survived. When the Soviet Union clashed the order was disturbed. Russian claim of being exploited by west may be right.
Lyall didn’t think that they can define democracy with elections but democracy has a whole new definition, elections did not necessarily bring back democracy, he explained at opening ceremony of Afkar-e-Taza Fest 2020.