Press Release – “CSP, 1st Advisory Board Meeting”



JULY 6, 2021

The Centre for Strategic Perspectives (CSP) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) organised its 1st Advisory Board meeting on July 6, 2021 at ISSI. The meeting was chaired by Director General ISSI, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and was moderated by Mr. Najam Rafique, Director CSP.

The Advisory Board members present at the meeting included: Dr. Salman Shah, Advisor on Finance to CM Punjab; Ambassador Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University; Dr. Charles Powell Director, Elcano Royal Institute, Spain; Mr. Andrew Small senior transatlantic fellow with the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the US; Mr. Ikram Sehgal, Chairman, Pathfinder Group; Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel, Chairman, BoG, Sustainable Development Institute; Mr. Hasnain Mirza, President, Golden Ring Economic Forum, Lahore;  Lt. Gen. Sikander Afzal (Retd), Vice Chairman, Golden Ring Economic Forum, Lahore , and Lt. Gen. Amjad Shuaib (Retd), Defence Analyst.

Ambassador Chaudhry, in his welcome remarks said that ISSI has established CSP as its 5th Research Centre of Excellence, and it aims to promote research in areas of particular importance to Pakistan.

Mr. Rafique gave a short presentation on CSP, and the work done since its inception in September 2020. The Centre has been working on the following key areas: Pakistan relations with major powers including US, Russia and Europe, multilateralism, political economy, and non-traditional threats relating to climate change, food, water and energy security, environment protection, population growth, human and economic security.

The members of the Advisory Board made some useful suggestions and recommendations for the CSP to work on including focusing on history, multilateralism, Russia, Central Asia, food, and energy security, development of Pakistan climate change policy and institutional mechanisms. Cooperation with US and China on climate change was also recommended for future research.