Our Mission

To forge international linkages and collaborations in making our research audible and visible to international influencers, alongside the projection of Pakistan’s Interests and narratives by offering opportunities for knowledge sharing

Our Vision

To make the Kashmiri voice audible and visible on National and International forums to lead the discourse on Kashmir Conflict and strategic issues, and to contribute as a platform for Track-1.5 & Track-2 Diplomacy through dialogues and academic engagements


Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja

Message From Executive Director

Center for International Strategic Studies, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (CISS AJK) is an independent and autonomous Think Tank, under the auspicious patronage of National Command Authority (NCA), the highest civilian body on strategic issues. CISS AJK comprises of highly professional and competent research team, aims at bridging the research gaps through knowledge based critical thinking. It welcomes the knowledge community of the region to share their research studies. Primarily, we focus on the issues related to comprehensive security which includes strategic thought, nuclear politics, traditional and non-traditional security threats, new trends in warfare (character and conduct), women, peace and security, South Asia and Jammu and Kashmir. Being the first ever think tank on the subject in AJK, it is our responsibility to contribute in capacity building, discourse analysis and to lead the academic narratives. I have no doubt that the resilience, passion and academic excellence of our team will create the desired compatibility between international academic standards and local wisdom.

Director Research

Dr. Shahid Hameed is Director Research. He received his doctorate degree in International Relations from National Defense University Islamabad. His research areas include Foreign Policy, International Security, Globalization, Emerging Technologies, and New Trends in Modern Warfare. He served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations as well as Head of the Department of International Relations Women University AJ&K Bagh from 2017 to 2022 before joining CISS AJK.  He contributed several research papers in the field of international relations. 

Dr. Shahid Hameed

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