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Meetings During Visit of Sweden
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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 development. 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 Christian Altpeter
  • Research Assistant Ms. Stephanie, Assistant 

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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, Germany).
4. Swedish 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.


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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.
 
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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.
8. 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.
 
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 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.
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