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. SSII aim to put knowledge to practice by providing an alternate narrative in critical areas of Strategic Studies, especially Arms Control and Disarmament.

Roundtable Discussion on China’s Economic Ascend

China’s Economic Ascend On September 12, 2013 the Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad (SSII) held a roundtable discussion on “China’s Economic Ascend.” The discussion highlighted China’s economic future and confidence of the Chinese leadership to sustain a high-level of economic growth in future with readjusting the macroeconomic policies. Mr. Fazal-ur-Rahman, Director of the Institute, made a comprehensive…

China Hall Inauguration

PRESS RELEASE: 17 April 2013 H. E. Liu Jian, Ambassador of China inaugurated the China Hall established at the newly-founded Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad this afternoon. Dr Shireen Mazari, Director General and Mr Fazal ur Rehman Director welcomed the Chinese ambassador and Dr Mazari thanked the Chinese Ambassador for his gift of books and the…

PRESS RELEASE – 14th March 2013

PRESS RELEASE – 14th March 2013 SSII, a new private institute with Dr Mazari as its CEO/DG, held a public talk today on Iran’s Nuclear Programme by Tariq Rauf, former Head of Verification and Security Policy IAEA. Dr Maleeha Lodhi chaired the meeting. Rauf separated the political from the technical issues because the former he…

Strategic Studies Institute holds inaugural event

12th March 2013 Chairman of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence Mushahid Hussain Sayed on Tuesday accused the US of ‘double-standards’ in dealing with nuclear proliferation and the signing of the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal “in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)”. He was speaking as the chief guest at the Islamabad-based Strategic Studies Institute’s…

An OIC Awakening?

The OIC Secretary General recently made a reference to the possibility of an OIC peacekeeping architecture. The OIC may finally be getting something right in its new activism since even before anything substantive has happened, many external actors are already expressing their opposition covertly –often using NGOs within Pakistan which is leading this proactivism.

The US stakes in South Asia

Two caveats to the notion of South Asia as a distinct sub region anymore. First, with the introduction of MRBMs and IRBMs by the countries of the region – and the ICBM programme of India (See slides), one cannot really talk of South Asia as a distinct region. Second, post-9/11 US forces in Central Asia,…

Security Dynamics of South Asia

While 9/11 is seen as having altered the strategic dynamics of South Asia in a most stark fashion, the reality is that these dynamics began altering before 9/11 and 9/11 accentuated them. So let us identify some of the major trends coming to the fore with the end of bipolarity around the South Asian region and which have now become accentuated in the wake of 9/11.

Exploiting the Muslim divides

Muharram in Pakistan is a most stark reminder of the plight of Muslims today. Here we are, in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and some amongst us have to practice our faith with the unseemly sight of armed security all around the mosques and Imambargahs. Sectarian divides do not exist only in the Muslim World.…