Wednesday, December 13, 2017

About us

The SSII is a thinktank headed by Dr Shireen M Mazari.  The purpose behind the creation of the SSII was to establish a dedicated academic and research institution for conducting research and trainings on important issues related to Pakistan’s security. With this in mind, our ultimate aim is an expansion of the existing insufficient pool of experts in specialised fields of international relations including arms control and disarmament and terrorism research.

The SSII seeks to build the academic and research capacity in Pakistan through specially designed workshops and seminars at universities and organisations (both Governmental and Non-Governmental dealing with vital issues of national security). These activities focus on contemporary issues in international relations, specifically in the realm of strategic studies in order to create an effective interface between the country’s private sector institutions and policy making organisations thus facilitating informed decision making and increasing their ability to provide intensive research-based inputs for policy-making. The SSII also conducts research on issues related to terrorism and extremist movements in Pakistan with a special focus on Southern Punjab. The purpose behind this research is to educate students and policy makers alike about the history and trends of Madrasahs.  The research also seeks to generate policy recommendations to guide professionals in counter-terrorism and security fields.

The SSII also serves as a platform for initiating constructive discussion and debate through organising seminars, conferences, workshops and public lectures on various issues of national interest. We now seek to develop and enter into mutually beneficial MoUs with important organisations, think tanks, academic institutions and universities both within and outside Pakistan. Included in this goal is the provision of a sustainable exchange programme for young scholars/interns with relevant organisations.

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Vision & Mission


The Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad (SSII) is a newly established dedicated academic and research private sector institution. The institute has been founded for the purpose of carrying out research, training and conducting specific diploma courses – with an aim to expanding the existing insufficient pool of experts in specialized fields of international relations beginning with Arms Control and Disarmament as well as related issues pertaining to strategic security.

The objective of the institute are as follows:

  • To establish a dedicated academic and research institution for the purpose of carrying out research, training and conducting specific diploma courses – with an aim to expanding the existing insufficient pool of experts in specialized fields of international relations beginning with Arms Control and Disarmament as well as related issues pertaining to strategic security.
  • To build the academic and research capacity – through specially designed activities – of universities, institutions and organizations (Governmental and non-Governmental – dealing with vital issues of national security) focusing on international relations and specifically in the issue area of Arms Control and Disarmament.
  • To create an effective interface between the public/private sector institutions/organisations and policy making organisations to facilitate informed decision making.
  • To create a platform for initiating constructive discussion and debate through organising seminars, conferences, workshops and public lectures on issues of national interest.
  • To carry out in-depth research and analysis to help the national policy making institutions by providing them with intensive research-based inputs.
  • To develop and enter into mutually beneficial cooperation, understanding and agreement with important think tanks, academic institutions and universities inside and outside the country.
  • To develop a sustainable programme of exchange of young scholars/interns with relevant institutions and organisations within the country and abroad.
  • To publish research reports and other relevant materials within the framework of the SSII objectives.
  • Though its various programmes SSII will generate resources and also accept donations/funding for sustaining its functioning.