Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Centre for International Peace & Stability Partners with Institute of Policy Studies
NUST Centre for International Peace & Stability (CIPS) and Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) entered into a general agreement for cooperation. Spanning over a period of three years, the agreement intends to establish one-on-one cooperation between the two institutions in the specific fields of research, publication, and capacity building related to their mutual interests. The broader aim of the collaboration is to build a conducive environment for academic, research, and exchange collaborations. The heads of the two institutions, with high hopes for how this collaboration unfolds, also emphasized the significance of such collaborations to produce quality scholarship that can contribute to formulating efficient policies. IPS is an autonomous, not-for-profit, civil society organization that is dedicated to promoting and producing policy-oriented research. And CIPS, as an academic think-tank, strives for a deeper understanding of the peace and conflict dynamics worldwide. Through its academic and scholarly endeavours, CIPS aims to come up with pragmatic solutions to contemporary issues to foster an environment of peace and stability nationally as well as internationally.
CIPS Signs MOU with Institute of Regional Studies for Collaboration in Academics and Research
NUST Centre for International Peace and Stability (CIPS) and the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS), Islamabad entered into a general agreement for cooperation. The broader aim of the collaboration is to build a conducive environment for academic, research, and exchange collaboration to reap sustainable and meaningful benefits. IRS, with the slogan “know thy neighbour”, was established in 1982 with the purpose to critically and objectively analyses the developments in the region, in order to effectively address the regional complexities and challenges. CIPS, as an academic thinktank, strives for a deeper understanding of the peace and conflict dynamics worldwide and come up with pragmatic solutions to the contemporary issues to foster an environment of peace and stability nationally as well as internationally
National Conference on Security and Development
NUST School of Social Sciences & Humanities (S3H) hosted a one-day national conference on “Security and Development”. The conference underlined that security and development are no longer limited to the military alone; it also encompasses a broad range of developmental philosophies and strategies that are directly or indirectly influenced by traditional and non-traditional threats, including economic, political, societal and environmental. In addition, the conference highlighted that the concept of human security is very crucial to ascertaining as well as addressing threats to the well-being of individuals. The main focus of the discussion was around the challenges of the 21st century that are no longer limited to any single threat only. Hence, a state’s national security and developmental policies must cast their net wide, beyond simply relying on hard power means, to ensure national security. The conference concluded that the notion of national security in this day and age accounts not just for military security and proactive diplomacy but also economic, political, social, human, food, energy, and environmental security.
Islamabad Security Dialogue – Special Session on Afghanistan
NUST Centre for International Peace & Stability (CIPS), in collaboration with the National Security Division (Pakistan), organized “Security Dialogue – Special Session on Afghanistan”. Dr Moeed Yusuf, National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, addressed the session and identified complexities pertaining to the current Afghan situation and policy implications for Pakistan. Further, he explained Pakistan’s position in the post-US withdrawal from Afghanistan. He elaborated that, at the policy level, Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan include connectivity, development, and peace. Earlier, Professor Tughral Yamin, Associate Dean CIPS, highlighted the need to adopt a strategy to enhance the academic collaborations between Pakistan and Afghanistan that can contribute towards recovery, development and sustainable peace.
CIPS Holds Seminar on Understanding the Palestinian Conflict
NUST Centre for International Peace & Stability (CIPS) organized a seminar titled “Understanding the Palestinian Conflict”. The seminar brought together renowned academics and analysts from various countries; they shared their views on the worsening Palestinian conflict with the participants, emphasizing the early resolution of the conflict to bring lasting peace to the region and beyond. The recent episode of violence and the global outcry against it is a visible sign that violence against Palestinians is not going unheard globally, speakers noted, adding the world’s opinion on the issue is gradually yet steadily turning against the Israeli occupation and atrocities against the defenceless people.
CIPS Delegation Visits EU Institutions and NATO HQs in Brussels
Prof Tughral Yamin, Associate Dean NUST Centre for International Peace & Stability (C) and Dr Muhammad Makki, Assistant Professor at CIPS Department of Peace & Conflict Studies, attended an Exchange Visit Program in Brussels with EU institutions and NATO HQs from November 15 – 20, 2021. The visit was organized by Hanns Seidel Foundation. The delegates had discussions with MEPs, senior NATO officials, think tanks on Pakistan-EU relations, focusing on non-traditional security challenges including climate change, migration, cyber security, food security, digitization, etc. Various issues pertaining to the NATO 2030 Agenda, including strategic vision towards non-traditional security, were also discussed during the meetings with senior NATO officials.
Webinar on Requirements of Inclusive and Cooperative Development of CPEC
NUST Institute of Policy Studies (NIPS) held a webinar on the requirements of inclusive and cooperative development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The event was attended by veteran diplomats, eminent experts, professionals, policy researchers, academics and students. Engr Javed Mahmood Bukhari, Rector NUST & Patron NIPS, appreciated the development of CPEC as a strategic, consultative, coordinated, and integrated cooperation platform for China and Pakistan, complete with a range of development philosophies, growth strategies and implementation models. Ms Pang Chunxue, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Pakistan, highlighted the business development potential of the multi-billion-dollar projects of CPEC. She said China’s latest strategy of double circulation will further provide immense opportunities for enhancing China-Pakistan cooperation, particularly in the development of CPEC.