A one-day international seminar titled CPEC: “An Extra Regional Perspective” was organized by ISSRA (Institute of Strategic Studies Research and Analysis) in coordination with Obortunity, at National Defence University, on 23rd July 2018.
The seminar aimed at deliberating on CPEC through perceptions of extra-regional states. It had two thematic sessions titled “BRI: A Strategic Context” and “CPEC wither Regional Fault Lines”. The Seminar was attended by Defense Minister Lt Gen (R) Naeem Khalid Lodhi, HI (M) and Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Finance Minister of Pakistan as Chief Guests for the opening and the closing sessions respectively.
The seminar included presentations from international speakers including Mr. Andrew Kroybko (Political Analysit , Spuntik), Mr. Raffeallo Pantuncci (Director, International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)), Mr. Zhao Lijian ( Deputy Head of Mission at Chinese Embassy) , Ms. Maryam Safi (Director of Strategic Studies Program at Afghanistan Justice Organization) , Dr. Bahador Aminian (Former Iranian Ambassador), national speaker Mr. Haroon Sharif (Former Advisor, Regional Economic Cooperation, The World Bank) and Mr. Hassan Daud Butt (Project Director/CPEC Focal Person).