1. Folke Bernadotte
Academy (FBA). FBA is a Swedish government agency
dedicated to enhancing the quality and effectiveness of international conflict
and crisis management, with a particular focus on peace operations. The overall
objective is to contribute to lasting peace and
FBA functions as a platform for cooperation between Swedish agencies and
organizations and their international partners. On 8 April, Rector NUST
Engineer Muhammad Asghar along with Maj Gen (R) Ali Baz, Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed
and Engineer Mohsin participated in a meeting with Folke Bernadotte Academy
(FBA). From FBA, the meeting was attending by following members:
- DG Mr Johan Alberoth
- Deputy DG Mr
- Research Assistant Ms. Stephanie, Assistant
2. The meeting commenced with a presentation on
the work and achievements of FBA by Mr. Sven-Eric. This followed by remarks
from Rector NUST highlighting character on the successes of the University, its
future vision and rationale behind the creation of CIPS. Rector NUST proposed
the ideas of hosting the Annual Challenges Forum at CIPS. In addition, the idea
of a meaningful collaboration between FBA and NUST was put forward.
3. Rector NUST also participated in the
Distinguished Visitors Day (DVD) in which he was presented with a detailed
picture of VIKING exercises, including planning and execution aspects. Rector
NUST also availed the opportunity to meet with other participants of the DVD,
for instance the head of ZIF (Centre for International Peace Operations,
Armed Forces International Centre (SWEDINT). This Centre conducts
individual education and training for military, police, and civilian staff
personnel in support of Peace Support Operations (PSO) led by UN, NATO, EU or
other regional organizations. A brief meeting was held between the two NUST
delegates and Mr. Gorgen Karlehav (Training Officer, SWEDINT) to learn about
the work of the SWEDINT International Centre. Mr. Karlehav expressed interest
in hosting participants from Pakistan in their training programs.
5. Institute for Security and
Development Policy (ISDP). The Institute is a Stockholm-based
independent and non-profit research and policy institute. The Institute is
dedicated to expanding understanding of international affairs, particularly the
interrelationship between the issue areas of conflict, security and
development. The Institute’s primary areas of geographic focus are Asia and
Europe’s neighborhood. ISDP has two constituent parts: The Silk Road Studies
Program and the Asia Program.
On 11 April, this meeting was held between
the two NUST delegates and the following members of ISDP:
- Mr. Roger Svensson, Senior Fellow,
Chairman of the ISDP Board
- Maj. Gen. (R) Karlis Neretnieks,
Former Senior Fellow, Member of the ISDP Board
- Ms. Sophie Butcher, Junior Research
Fellow, Head of South Asia
- Mr. Jacob Magnusson, Assistant
In this meeting, a range of security
and policy issues were discussed. ISDP is not directly working in South Asia,
but has projects in Southeast Asia, especially in Myanmar. In Myanmar, it is
supporting the peace process. The representatives of ISDP expressed a keen
interest in collaboration with CIPS that may include exchange of students and
researchers in addition to joint research projects.
6. Stockholm International Peace Research
Institute (SIPRI). SIPRI is an independent international institute
dedicated to research conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament.
Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based
on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public.
Based in Stockholm, SIPRI also has presence in Beijing and Washington, DC and
is regularly ranked among the most respected think tanks worldwide.
7. On 11th April, NUST delegates visited SIPRI for a meeting with Mr. Siemon Wezeman (Senior Researcher, Arms Transfers Program), Mr. Pieter Wezeman (Senior Researcher, Arms Transfers Program), and Dr Ian Anthony (Director, European Security Program). Dr Anthony briefed about SIPRI and its various research projects, especially a project dealing with science and technology. He is presently interested in following topics: linkage to diasporas community; and internal Islamic discourse on ethical dimensions. SIPRI welcomed the idea of hosting PhD students from CIPS and in this regard asked for a complete list of PhD students with their research topics.
Department of Peace and Conflict
Research, Uppsala University. The University was visited on 14th
April 2014. Following a presentation from Professor Magnus Oberg (Head,
Department of Peace and Conflict Research), the NUST delegates had a detailed
discussion on possibilities of collaboration with CIPS/NUST and the Uppsala
University. Prof. Oberg welcomed the idea of hosting PhD scholars from CIPS at
his department for a period up to six months. In this meeting, Professor
Kristine Hoglund also participated.
9. The Department of Peace and Conflict Research was established in 1971
to conduct peace research and offer courses in peace and conflict
studies. The Dag Hammarskjöld Chair of Peace and Conflict Research was
the first in the Department and its first and present holder was
appointed in 1985. In 2003, the holder of a second Chair, assumed the
work as Professor. In addition to these chairs, assistant and associate
professors, some 15 PhD candidates, administrative, project, and
technical staff, in all approximately 60 persons are employed at the
Department. At present, some 200-300 students are enrolled in every
academic year. Courses offered include undergraduate and post-graduate
courses, as well as a PhD program.
10. Forum for South Asia Studies,
Uppsala University. The two NUST delegates had a meeting with scholars working
on South Asia to learn about research and teaching conducted at the Uppsala
University. During the meeting, the following scholars represented the Forum
for South Asia Studies: Professor Heinz-Werner Wessler, Professor Gurdeep Kaur
and Mr Florian Krampe. The purpose of the Forum for South Asia Studies is to
strengthen South Asia related research and education, and increase Uppsala
University’s collaboration with the region.