Events : International Relations

Interactive Session by Prof. James Mayall and Prof. Philip Towle on “World Order: Problems and Prospects for the 21st Century”. Contributory Dinner was arranged after the session

Held on 30th September, 2007

It was an evening when the members of BIC, who had come to listen to two Cambridge Dons – Prof. Philip Towle and Prof. James Mayall – speculating on “World Order: Problems and Prospects for the 21st Century”, were at their incisive best. Prof. Towle and Prof. Mayall emphasized that the emergence of India and China in the wake of the end of the cold war era, the pattern of use of non-renewable sources of energy, global warming, militant nationalism, and terrorism would be some of the major issues in the coming years. In their interactions with the speakers, the BIC members pointed out that systematic demonisation of Islam by the western countries, led by USA, unresolved issues like Palestine, and the unholy scramble for monopolization of scarce energy resources by a few of the developed countries as other potentially explosive issues which could rock the world in the 21st Century. The lively exchanges also noted that globalization might ultimately lead to a changing realignment between countries who “have” and those who “have not” which could transcend the traditional national and physical boundaries. The immensely enjoyable and thought-provoking interactive session on 30th September was presided over by Mr. Xerxes Desai and followed by an equally enjoyable contributory dinner. Prof. Towle and Prof. Mayall, who had an identical interaction earlier at Delhi, mentioned that they found the interaction at Bangalore much more incisive and enjoyable.