NUST GTTN LECTURE SERIES – A VIEW AT THE CONSTITUTION OF PAKISTAN- PART II
Start Date
1/4/2018
End Date
1/4/2018
Venue
NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1
​NUST Global Think Tank Network arranged an 2nd interactive session on Thursday, 4 January, 2018, on ‘A View at the Constitution of Pakistan-Part II’. The session was attended by GTTN senior fellows, civil and military officials, researchers, and students. The discussion was constructed on the opening talk delivered by Mr. Humayun Gauhar, senior fellow GTTN and a renowned journalist.

 

GTTN-IISS ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON PERSPECTIVES ON REGIONAL PEACE AND STABILITY

Start Date
12/4/2017
End Date
12/4/2017
Venue
NUST Jinnah Auditorium, Board Room
​NUST Global Think Tank Network (GTTN), Islamabad, held a roundtable on regional peace and stability with the visiting delegation of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, on December 4, 2017. The roundtable was the second dialogue between the two think tanks. The first, focused on evolving regional geostrategic trends, had been held three years ago in the December of 2014.
The roundtable coincided with the maiden visit to Islamabad of James Norman Mattis, the United States Secretary of Defense, aimed at finding common ground between Pakistan and the U.S. over the question of peace in Afghanistan and regional stability. Distinguished statesmen, defense officials, experts, and analysts participated in the roundtable.
The roundtable was moderated by Mr. Owais Ahmed Ghani, Senior Fellow NUST GTTN and the former Governor of the provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The roundtable started with the opening remarks by Rector NUST and Co-Chair GTTN, Lieutenant General Naweed Zaman HI (M) (Retd.). Mr. Desmond Bowen, Senior Consulting Member at IISS and the Head of the visiting IISS delegation, made brief welcome remarks on behalf of the IISS delegation and expressed his delight to be a part of the roundtable. From the visiting side, Mr. Jack Gill, Adjunct Professor NESA and Member IISS, and Mr. Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, IISS Senior Fellow for South Asia, made brief initiating statements on Pak-U.S. relations and Pak-India relations, respectively. From the Pakistani side, Mr. Riaz Khokhar, Senior Fellow GTTN and the former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, and Mr. Ikram Sehgal, CEO Pathfinder Group and Board Member East-West Institute, delivered the initiating statements. The statements were followed by an interactive discussion session. The roundtable concluded with the closing remarks made by Advisor NUST and President GTTN, Mr. Amer Hashmi.

 

NUST GTTN LECTURE SERIES – ROLE OF EDUCATION IN NATION BUILDING
Start Date
10/17/2017
End Date
10/17/2017
Venue
NUST NBS Seminar Hall
NUST Global Think Tank Network held a session on Role of Education in Nation Building on Tuesday, the 17th of October 2017 in NBS Seminar Hall. Professor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir is Vice-Chancellor, Fatima Jinnah Women University was the keynote speaker. A large number of participants from different areas of industry attended the session and shared with valuable thoughts. The session concluded with a Q/A session.​
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SPEECH ON THE VALUE OF SOLIDARITY IN MAKING EUROPE – AN ASIAN PERSPECTIVE BY MS. ATIA ALI KAZMI
Start Date
8/29/2017
End Date
9/2/2017
Venue
Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences, Athens

Speech on The Value of Solidarity in Making Europe: An Asian Perspective by Ms. Atia Ali Kazmi Presented at the 13th European Sociological Association Conference 2017 on “(Un) Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities”, at Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences, Athens. (August 29 – September 02, 2017)

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NUST GTTN LECTURE SERIES – BALOCHISTAN CHALLENGES OPPORTUNITIES AND ROLE FOR PAKISTAN DEVELOPMENT
Start Date
8/17/2017
End Date
8/17/2017
Venue
NUST NBS Seminar Hall
​As part of NUST GTTN Lecture Series, NUST GTTN hold a lecture on Balochistan – Challenges, Opportunity and Role of Pakistan’s Development by Mr. Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, Spokesperson the Provincial Government of Balochistan  in NBS Seminar Hall. A large number of participants from different walks of life  attended the lecture and shared their valuable thoughts. The lecture was concluded with a Q/A session and concluding remarks by Mr. Amer Hashmi, President NUST GTTN.

 

NUST GTTN LECTURE SERIES – UNDERSTANDING THE CURRENT CRISES IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Start Date
7/18/2017
End Date
8/18/2017
Venue
NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1
NUST Global Think Tank Network arranged an interactive session on Understanding the Current Crises in the Middle East on Tuesday, the 18th of July 2017 by Senior Fellow, GTTN and Former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, Ambassador Riaz Khokhar, as part of GTTN Lecture Series. A large number of participants was attended by scholars, students, researchers, GTTN senior fellows. The session concluded with a Q/A session. ​
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DELEGATION FROM CENTER OF EXCELLENCY (COE)
Start Date
6/21/2017
End Date
6/21/2017
Venue
NUST Main Building, Conference Room 2
A four member delegation from Center of Excellence (CoE) CPEC visited NUST GTTN to have a meeting on CoE-NUST GTTN Collaboration. Dr. Shahid Rashid – Executive Director CoE CPEC ​led the delegation. Brigadier Amir Yaqub (Retired), Director Operations & Collaboration NUST GTTN chaired the session. 

 

DELEGATION FROM CHINA ASSOCIATION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (CAST)
Start Date
5/19/2017
End Date
5/19/2017
Venue
NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1
A four member delegation from China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) visited NUST GTTN and had a presentation/discussion session with NUST GTTN senior team. Mr. Wang Qinglin, Deputy Director General, Department of International Affairs, CAST led the delegation. Mr. Ali Shah, Head of Research, NUST GTTN gave a brief introduction of NUST Knowledge Ecosystem and NUST GTTN followed by Q/A session.

 

NUST GTTN LECTURE SERIES – ROLE OF MEDIA IN NATION BUILDING
Start Date
4/26/2017
End Date
4/26/2017
Venue
NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1
NUST Global Think Tank Network held a session on “Role of Media in Nation Building” on Wednesday, the 26th of April 2017. Ms. Saadia Afzaal, Journalist and TV Anchor Person was the keynote speaker. Ms. Saadia shared her thoughts about media and its roles and how does it contribute in nation building followed by an interactive session. The lecture was attended by GTTN Senior Fellows, scholars, army personnel, researchers and students.

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NUST GTTN LECTURE SERIES – PAKISTAN FOREIGN POLICY OVER THE YEAR
Start Date

3/8/2017

End Date

3/8/2017

Venue

NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1

NUST Global Think Tank Network (GTTN) arranged an interactive session on Thursday, 8 March, 2017, on “Pakistan’s Foreign Policy over the Years” by Senior Fellow, GTTN and Former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, Ambassador Riaz Khokhar, as part of GTTN Lecture Series.

Ambassador Khokhar gave a detailed and insightful overview of Pakistan’s foreign policy over the different eras since the birth of the country and the various aspects of our diplomacy with other major countries. He also talked about the changes that had taken place in the international society in the last four decades and the changes brought about in the foreign policies of countries in the region.

The lecture was attended by scholars, students, researchers, GTTN senior fellows, and a cross-section of policy-relevant audience.

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NUST GTTN LECTURE SERIES – A VIEW AT THE CONSTITUTION OF PAKISTAN
Start Date
2/16/2017
End Date
2/16/2017
Venue
NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1
​NUST Global Think Tank Network arranged an interactive session on Thursday, 16 February, 2017, on ‘A view at the Constitution of Pakistan’. The session was attended by GTTN senior fellows, civil and military officials, researchers, and students.
The discussion was constructed on the opening talk delivered by Mr. Humayun Gauhar, senior fellow GTTN and a renowned journalist. The lecture focused primarily on the historic interpretation of the formulation of Pakistan’s Constitution, centered on the country’s independence and various political factors emerging subsequently.
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NUST GTTN LECTURE SERIES – ARTHASHASTRA’S IMPACT ON INDIA’S POLICY THINKING
Start Date
1/27/2017
End Date
1/27/2017
Venue
NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1
NUST Global Think Tank Network (GTTN) arranged an interactive session on Friday, 27 January, 2017, on Chanakya’s Arthashastra or ‘science of politics’ and its relevance to contemporary Indian strategic and foreign policies. The session was attended by statesmen, diplomats, military officers, scholars, researchers, and students.
The opening lecture was delivered by Brigadier (R) Amir Yaqub, Director, Operations and Collaboration at NUST GTTN. The lecture proved to be an adroit stroke of sweeping historical comparison of the grand strategies of multiple civilizations with special reference to India’s South Asia policy centered on its long-simmering antagonism toward Pakistan.
The session concluded that it was only the systematic, rapid, equitable, and holistic domestic development of Pakistan that would enable it to neutralize the negative dynamics of India’s regional policy. However, the possibility of India buckling under the unbearable weight of its own overweening ambitions could also not be ruled out.
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NUST GTTN LECTURE SERIES
Start Date
1/12/2017
End Date
1/12/2017
Venue
NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1
NUST Global Think Tank Network organized another event of its Lecture Series on Pakistan’s Rising Debt: A threat to National Security​.
Dr. Ashfaque Hasan Khan, Principal NUST School Of Social Sciences, delivered the lecture, which revolved around the economic challenges faced by the country and ways forward.

 

DELEGATION FROM CENTER FOR GLOBAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
Start Date
1/5/2017
End Date
1/5/2017
Venue
NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1
A delegation from Center for Global Strategic Studies (CGSS) visited NUST GTTN on Thursday, January 05, 2017. Issues of mutual interest were discussed between the members of both think tanks. ​

 

GTTN – VISIT OF DR. SALMAN SHAH, FORMER FINANCE MINISTER AND MR. AHMER BILAL SOOFI, ADVOCATE SUPREME COURT OF PAKISTAN.
Start Date

2/11/2015

End Date

12/31/2016

Venue

NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1

NUST GTTN conducted a discussion session on 11th Feb, 2015 in HQ NUST with Dr. Salman Shah, Former Finance Minister & Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan.

 

Dr. Salman gave a presentation on State of Pakistan’s Economy and Mr. Ahmer gave a presentation on State of Pakistan’s Judiciary and Military Courts. ​

 

VISIT OF RUSSIAN INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES DELEGATES TO NUST GLOBAL THINK TANK NETWORK
Start Date

11/17/2015

End Date

11/17/2015

Venue

NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1

A high-powered delegation from the Russian Institute For Strategic Studies (RISS), Moscow, visited the NUST Global Think Tank Network (GTTN) on November 17, 2015. Lieutenant General Leonid Reshetnikov (R), Director RISS, led the delegation and was cordially received by Rector NUST Lieutenant General Muhammad Asghar (R), and President GTTN Mr. Amer Hashmi. The aim of the visit was to promote efforts to establish constructive avenues for joint research, analysis and advocacy and to explore prospects of active knowledge-based collaboration in areas of mutual interest. The flagship segment of the occasion was signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two leading institutions.

 

DELEGATION FROM CHINA INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE PROMOTION OF MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION
Start Date
11/15/2015
End Date
12/31/2016
Venue
Jinnah Auditorium Board Room
A Delegation from China International Council for the Promotion of Multinational Corporation, led by Mr. Song Weidong, Secretary General, for discussion.​

 

KEYNOTE SPEECH ON BALUCHISTAN – PERCEPTIONS, REALITIES AND WAY FORWARD
Start Date
11/12/2015
End Date
12/31/2016
Venue
NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1
Keynote Speech Address by Brig (R) Agah Gul on Baluchistan – Perception, Realities and Way Forward

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DELEGATION FROM CHINA ARMS CONTROL AND DISARMAMENT ASSOCIATION (CACDA)
Start Date
10/19/2015
End Date
10/19/2015
Venue
NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1

Delegation from China Arms Control and Disarmament Association (CACDA, led by Ambassador Sha Zukang, Honorary President of CACDA, and Mr. Chen Kai, Vice President and Secretary General, CACDA, to Visit NUST on October 19th, 2015, to discuss on the topic Arms Control and Disarmament: Contemporary Challenges and Future Prospects.

 

YOUTH FORUM DISCUSSION SESSION

Start Date

10/5/2015

End Date

12/31/2016

Venue

NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1

NUST Global Think Tank Network (GTTN) initiated a mechanism to engage with the student youth studying in various schools at NUST. It was required to promote connectivity and help mature the phenomenon of information sharing. The platform hereafter referred to as “GTTN-NUST Youth Forum” and meet regularly to dilate upon issues of national, regional and global interest. This forum is not an alternative to any of the mandated objectives of the NUST schools. The student representative body, recommended to be formed is for the pure purpose of coordination for arranging the various sessions.

 

NUST GTTN has already organized three discussion sessions since the inception of NUST GTTN Youth Forum. Students from different NUST School were invited to have discussion on the topic.​

 

 

NUST-CSIS JOINT SEMINAR ON US-LED INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS AND EFFECTS ON PAKISTAN AND THE REGION
Start Date

7/30/2015

End Date

7/30/2015

Venue

NUST, Main Building

The Global Think Tank Network (GTTN) at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, organized a joint seminar on 30th July 2015 in collaboration with the visiting team of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a premier Washington based Think Tank. Distinguished citizens, diplomats, bureaucrats, academics, researchers and students attended the event. Mr. Daniel F. Runde, William A. Schreyer Chair and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C., and Dr. Rifaat Hussain, Head of NUST Public Policy Department, spoke on “The U.S.-led International Developments and Effects on Pakistan and the Region.” President GTTN Mr. Amer Hashmi conveyed the closing remarks and Senior Fellow GTTN Humayun Gauhar – a public intellectual and a prolific writer – moderated the session.

Other experts who attended the event were Dr. Muhammad Akram Sheikh (Professor Emeritus NUST), Governor (Retired) Owais Ghani, Ambassador Riaz Khokhar, Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Ambassador Sarwar Ali Naqvi, Dr. Shoaib Suddle, Dr. Asad Ali Shah, Dr. Ashfaq Hassan Khan, Dr. Sania Nishter, Dr. Tughral Yamin, Minister Farzana Yaqub and many other eminent personalities. The session encompassed the fall-out of current world geopolitics, its implications for Pakistan and the region at large, and a pragmatic approach to manage challenges. The participants achieved a general consensus of resolving Pakistan’s indigenous challenges through self-reliance, efficience governance, performance and accountability.

 

NUST GTTN-IISS PANEL DISCUSSION ON EVOLVING REGIONAL GEO-STRATEGIC TRENDS
Start Date
12/2/2014
End Date
12/2/2014
Venue
NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1
On 2nd December, 2014 witnessed National University of Sciences and Technology-NUST Global Think Tank Network-GTTN arrange a panel discussion with the International Institute for Strategic Studies-IISS, London, at NUST Main Campus, Islamabad under the title, Evolving Regional Geo-strategic trends in the Region. The panel consisted of experts from GTTN and IISS. The panelists were posed the question. Would emerging geo-strategic trends in South Asia and Afghanistan enhance or disrupt regional stability and security.
The moot question led to a detailed, interactive, and open discussion amongst the panelists and the audience – which itself comprised senior policymakers, military strategists, academics, researchers, and students – that led to the examination and clarification of the general direction of continuously developing geo-strategic trends in the region.
These trends, it was pointed out, had a dual existence in the region’s geopolitics. In the first place, they appeared as causes of the actions of various regionally active national, sub-national, and supra-national players. They, then, became effects of these actions and served as future building blocks in the geopolitical calculations of various states in the region. This generative causal chain ceaselessly impacted inter-state relations in the region and compelled policy makers and analysts to keep abreast of latest changes in direction of these trends. The tendency of these trends was primarily negative.
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VISIT OF ITALIAN DEFENSE MINISTER TO NUST GTTN
Start Date

9/19/2016

End Date

9/19/2016

Venue

NUST Jinnah Auditorium

The NUST Global Think Tank Network hosted the Defense Minister of Italy, H.E. Roberta Pinotti, on the 19th of September, 2016. The keynote address marked another event of GTTN Lecture Series. The address covered various facets of Italy’s role as an active and useful member of the global peacekeeping operations as the member of the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The event was graced by the National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General (R) Nasser Khan Janjua and eminent experts from academia, think tanks, political, military and civil organizations, corporate sector, and media. A significant aspect of the event was an enthusiastic participation of NUST students through their comments and questions which mirrored their interest in and insight of the contemporary geopolitical and strategic trends.

The keynote took place as part of a distinguished panel consisting of GTTN Senior Fellows: Ambassador Riaz Khokhar, former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan; Humayun Gauhar, renowned intellectual and noted man of letters; and Brigadier (R) Mujahid Alam, Principal Lawrence College and former senior Pakistani commander in UN peacekeeping missions. The panel was moderated by Owais Ghani, GTTN Senior Fellow and former Governor of Balochistan and KPK and the discussion was concluded by Rector NUST, Lieutenant General (R) Engineer Muhammad Asghar.

 

GTTN- INHOUSE DISCUSSION ON THE YEMEN CRISIS AND PAKISTAN
Start Date
4/8/2015
End Date
4/8/2015
Venue
NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1
Global Think Tank Network (GTTN) at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) organized a special session of its experts to discuss the ongoing Middle Eastern crisis of Yemen and Pakistan’s likely role in it. The Discussion focussed on the question of the correct Pakistani response to the Saudi request to join the coalition of Arab States put together to deal with the crisis in Yemen.

 

MOU SIGNED BETWEEN NUST GTTN AND EUROPEAN INSTITUTE OF ASIAN STUDIES (EIAS)
Start Date
1/5/2015
End Date
12/31/2016
Venue
NUST Main Building
In January 2015, MoU was signed between Mr. Axel Goethals, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) and Mr. Amer Hashmi, President Global Think Tank Network (GTTN).​

 

VISIT OF MR. ANDREY N. SHABALIN, RUSSIAN COUNSELLOR
Start Date

9/5/2014

End Date

12/31/2016

Venue

NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1

Visit of Mr. Andrey N. Shabalin, Russian Counsellor along with his four Russian team members visited NUST GTTN on 5th of September, 2014 and had a meeting with NUST GTTN Team. Ms. Rabia Shoaib, Director Corporate Advisor Council (CAC) gave a detailed presentation on Knowledge Ecosystem whereas Mr. Ali Shah, Head of Research GTTN and Ms. Atia Ali kazmi, Senior Research & Policy Analyst GTTN, gave a very comprehensive presentation on GTTN. After presentation session, Mr. Andrey and his team had a discussion session with Mr. Amer Hashmi, Advisor NUST and President GTTN and Brig Amir Yaqub (R), Director Operations & Collaboration – GTTN.​​

 

MOU SIGNED BETWEEN FINLAND PAKISTAN BUSINESS COUNCIL AND GLOBAL THINK TANK NETWORK (GTTN)
Start Date
2/4/2014
End Date
12/31/2016
Venue
Venue  NUST Main Building, Conference Room 1
MoU was signed between Mr. Wille Eerola, Chairman Finland Pakistan Business Council, & Mr. Amer Hashmi, Advisor NUST and President GTTN.​