Lt. Gen. Amjad Shoaib®, along with his experience in the ’65 and ’71 wars, has participated in various military and political events that became the focus of media and public debates. He has also had the honour of commanding Pakistan army’s operational formations in Kashmir
and on western and eastern borders during some very eventful periods of our history. At the General Headquarters, he had the privilege of working as General Staff Officer Military Operations, Director Military Intelligence, Director General Military Doctrines, Master General of Ordnance and Adjutant General of Pakistan army.
Ms. Naureen Farouq Ibrahim is a Pakistani politician who has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since August 2018. She is member of parliamentary committee on Kashmir and has done extensive work on climate change and promotion of education.
Prof. Dr. Amna Mahmood, is Head of Politics and International Relations Department, Islamic International University, Islamabad. She studied in Government College Lahore, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, University of the Punjab, Lahore and University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA, for MA, MPhil, PhD and post-doc, respectively. She regularly contributes in print and electronic media. She authored the following books: Emerging Interdependence between China and the US – Trade & Technology Transfers, Government, State & Society in South Asia, External Relations of Pakistan. She has participated in National and International level conferences, seminars, Round-tables on regional and international issues home and abroad.
Dr. Salma Malik is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. She specializes in the areas of Conflict and Security Studies, and South Asian Affairs. She is an alumnus of the Uppsala University, Sweden, the Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies APCSS, Hawaii and Visiting Research Fellow, Sandia National Labs, New Mexico, USA. Besides being a member of IISS London, she is part of various for a such as the Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Consortium Of South Asian Think Tanks, Social Sciences Research Council, WISCOMP and WDN-USA. Prior to joining QAU, she worked as a Research Officer at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan from June 1996 to August 1999. Her publications include an edited volume, “Pakistan’s Security Problems and Challenges in the Next Decade,” (October 2015). RCSS Policy Studies titled “Small Arms and the Security Debate in South Asia,” USIP co-authored study on “Mapping Conflict Trends in Pakistan,” besides articles in research journals, book chapters and monthly columns. She has also been on the Visiting Faculty list of the Intelligence Bureau Directorate, National Institute for Management, Foreign Services Academy and has rendered lectures as a guest speaker at the National Defence University, Islamabad, PAF Air War College, Karachi, Naval War College, as well as Command & Staff College, Quetta, NUST and Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. In terms of educational qualifications, she holds PhD in Defence & Strategic Studies, from the QAU, besides fellowships and certifications from abroad.
Dr. ERSOY graduated from the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science of Ankara University (1988) and had Ph.D. degree in International Relations from University of Durham, England (1994). Dr. ERSOY is working at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University as professor of International Relations. He had been the Secretary General of BRAF (Black Sea Broadcasting Regulatory Authorities) since 2008 and :Director General of IBRAF (Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Broadcasting Regulatory Authorities Forum) since 2011 and re-elected in May 2013 as Member of Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) by the Turkish Parliament (TBMM) for second term of six years. Before Dr. ERSOY was elected by the Parliament as the member of RTÜK, he was working as Head of International Relations Department in RTÜK. He was the General Coordinator of Socrates Programmes at the Centre for EU Education & Youth Programmes (National Agency) between 2004 and 2007. He had lectured at some private and state universities for ten years (1994-2004). Meanwhile, he worked as member of Human Rights Advisory Board of Prime Ministry and served as national expert in various EU projects including the project on establishment of National Human Rights Institution based on Paris Principles. He conducted research at Library of Congress, Washington D.C. USA, Public Record Office, Kew, London and British Library, Wetherby Spa., England. In 1994, he obtained a “Certificate on Human Rights Training” from CIFEDHOP (International Training Centre on Human Rights and Peace Teaching) sponsored by the European Council and UNESCO, Geneva, Switzerland. He also worked as the Chairman of the Political-Legal Globalization Sub-Committee and the Reporteur for the Globalization Special Expertise Commission preparing the 8th Five-Year Development Plan (2001-2005) for the State Planning Organization of Turkey. Among his publications, “BRAF: A Decade of International Cooperation in the Black Sea Basin (2008-2018)” was published in 2019 and the book entitled “Kürselleşen Dünyada Bölgesel Oluşumlar ve Türkiye” (Regional Integration and Turkey in a Globalizing World) was published in 2002. His research areas are human rights and democratization, Turkey-EU relations, Middle East and Turkish Foreign Policy. He lectured on International Politics, Contemporary Politics of the Middle East, and Human Rights in Global Politics and Current Issues in World Affairs.
Ms. Khan is Special Assistant to Dean Eliot A. Cohen at Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. She formerly served as Special Assistant to Ambassador Swanee Hunt at Hunt Alternatives in Washington, DC, and Program Associate for the Gender Equality Initiative and Institute for African Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University. Married to a native Kashmiri from Indian-occupied Kashmir, she is heavily engaged in activism for Kashmir’s freedom and addressing gender-based violence in the armed conflict. Danielle recently launched “Kashmir Witness: A Twitter Series” aimed at elevating Kashmiri voices. From 2018 – 2019, Danielle was a Turkish Heritage Organization Non-resident Fellow, where she contributed to constructive dialogue surrounding U.S.-Turkey relations. She is an alumna of the U.S. Department of State’s National Security Language for Youth Initiative (NSLI-Y) scholarship program (Turkish, 2010), and is a strong advocate for international exchange programs. In 2015, Danielle graduated as a Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA) Scholar with a B.A. in International Relations and Global Islamic Studies at Connecticut College. In 2016, she completed her M.Sc. in International Politics and Human Rights at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, UK. Her dissertation explored the persistence of patriarchy and rise of violence against women in Turkey. Danielle previously interned at the U.S. Embassy Ankara and Turkish Women’s Solidarity Foundation (KADAV), where she developed surveys on sexual assault and assisted research on domestic violence against Syrian women refugees in Turkey. She also interned with the International Alliance for the Advancement of Children (IAAC) in Les Cayes, Haiti, teaching English, music, dance, and art for trauma-healing and to empower Haitian girls and women.
MPhil in International Relations from the National Defense University Islamabad. He is currently enrolled as a doctoral candidate at the Sabahttin Zaim University, Istanbul, Turkey. Besides working with various governmental and international organisations, he has also been affiliated with the development sector in Pakistan. At present he resides in Turkey, where alongside his PhD studies, he is also working & holds a keen interest in Turkish foreign Policy as well as South Asian Affairs.
Ch Kamil Hayat completed his LLB from Punjab University, Lahore. Prior to embarking on the legal education and training, He did his Bachelors in Business Administration, with honors from National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad and completed his M. Phil. in International Relations from National Defence University, Islamabad. His thesis was based on trade relations between India and Pakistan with a specific focus on granting Most Favourite Nation (MFN) status to India and its implications for Pakistan. Ch Kamil Hayat is currently Partner at Seerat Law Associates, a law firm of legal practitioners and consultants based in Islamabad providing a vast range of legal services to his clients with a primary consideration of protecting their interests through research and by rendering professional expertise in all contentious and non-contentious matters. He appears before courts ranging from statutory forums to high courts, including tribunals and regulatory bodies, and has assisted in landmark cases