Book Discussion: What has Kargil taught us about Managing Foreign Affairs?

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 4:00pm
NIB Auditorium, LUMS

The Economics department at MGSHSS is organizing an event titled " Book Discussion: What has Kargil taught us about Managing Foreign Affairs?"


Ever since the Kargil war of 1999 between then newly nuclearized India and Pakistan, there has been endless speculation about the precise motivations, planning and execution of the operation. In her study of Kargil, Nasim Zehra combines hitherto unknown information garnered from key players in the Pakistani military establishment involved in the planning of the incursion with a historically grounded and analytically nuanced analysis of the Indo-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir.

Speaker’s Profile: Nasim Zehra.
Nasim Zehra is a national security specialist and a prominent journalist. As a columnist, television host, and teacher, with extensive experience in the development eld, she writes and lectures widely on national security and global politics. Ms. Zehra holds an MBA from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and a Master’s degree in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA. She has been a Fellow of the Harvard University Asia Centre, on the Visiting Faculty of the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad; National University of Science and Technology; and at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Nasim Zehra served in an honorary capacity in the following committees/positions: the President ‘s Advisory Committee on Foreign Affairs and national security (2001), member of Kashmir Committee ( 2002) and Pakistan ‘s Special Envoy on UNSC reforms for Canada & Latin America. (June2005)

Moderator:  Syed Hassan Akbar.

Syed Hassan Akbar is Director Programs at Jinnah Institute where he manages the Strategic Security, and the Open Democracy Initiatives, including the Chaophraya Dialogue - the longest running India-Pakistan Track II initiative. Akbar has over 14 years of experience in foreign policy, democracy, and human rights with national and multilateral agencies. A graduate in International Affairs from SIPA, Columbia University, Akbar is a Full-bright Scholar and has co-authored several nationally represented research studies on devolution, democracy, foreign policy, and fundamental rights.