NUST Global Think Tank Network (GTTN), Islamabad, held a roundtable on regional peace and stability with the visiting delegation of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, on December 4, 2017. The roundtable was the second dialogue between the two think tanks. The first, focused on evolving regional geostrategic trends, had been held three years ago in the December of 2014.
The roundtable coincided with the maiden visit to Islamabad of James Norman Mattis, the United States Secretary of Defense, aimed at finding common ground between Pakistan and the U.S. over the question of peace in Afghanistan and regional stability. Distinguished statesmen, defense officials, experts, and analysts participated in the roundtable.
The roundtable was moderated by Mr. Owais Ahmed Ghani, Senior Fellow NUST GTTN and the former Governor of the provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The roundtable started with the opening remarks by Rector NUST and Co-Chair GTTN, Lieutenant General Naweed Zaman HI (M) (Retd.). Mr. Desmond Bowen, Senior Consulting Member at IISS and the Head of the visiting IISS delegation, made brief welcome remarks on behalf of the IISS delegation and expressed his delight to be a part of the roundtable. From the visiting side, Mr. Jack Gill, Adjunct Professor NESA and Member IISS, and Mr. Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, IISS Senior Fellow for South Asia, made brief initiating statements on Pak-U.S. relations and Pak-India relations, respectively. From the Pakistani side, Mr. Riaz Khokhar, Senior Fellow GTTN and the former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, and Mr. Ikram Sehgal, CEO Pathfinder Group and Board Member East-West Institute, delivered the initiating statements. The statements were followed by an interactive discussion session. The roundtable concluded with the closing remarks made by Advisor NUST and President GTTN, Mr. Amer Hashmi.