On January 15, 2019, the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) in collaboration with Karachi Council on Foreign Relations (KCFR) organised a public talk by Ambassador Cameron Munter, President of the East West Institute (EWI), New York and Brussels. Dignitaries present on the occasion comprised of ambassadors, policy makers, journalists and businessmen.
The welcome remarks were given by Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman BOG ISSI. He said that it is well-evident that extreme volatility has been the hallmark of relations between Pakistan and the US. The two countries have been partners in security pacts (SEATO and CENTO), jointly waged Jihad against the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan and following 9/11, have been collaborating in the War on Terror. During this war against terrorism, Pakistan lost some 75,000 precious lives and suffered US$123 billion material losses. Pakistan has repeatedly become the victim of the US sanctions on account of its nuclear programme and later in the war against terrorism.