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.

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Future of Nuclear Power in the World and Emerging Trends

CISS AJK has organized a webinar on “Future of Nuclear Power in the World and Emerging Trends”.
The webinar focuses on the latest emerging trends in nuclear energy and analyzes the crucial role of nuclear energy in achieving global climate goals, particularly its importance in reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change. Moreover, we also discuss the imperative of nuclear energy for Pakistan, evaluating its feasibility and strategic benefits in meeting the country’s energy needs. ARO Hira Basshir Moderated the Session and, Dr Asma Shakir Khawaja, Executive Director, delivered opening remarks where she highlighted the role of nuclear technology particularly the importance of SMRs in a comprehensive way. Research Officer Zohaib Altaf discussed Emerging Trends in Nuclear Energy and explored the latest advancements and innovations in nuclear technology, such as new reactor designs and safety improvements. Understanding these trends is crucial as they help us see future opportunities and challenges in energy production
Ali Mustafa discusses Climate Adaptation Goals Through #NuclearEnergy and emphasizes how nuclear energy can help achieve global climate goals by reducing carbon emissions. Ms. Anum A Khan is an Associate Director at the Center for International Strategic Studies Islamabad. Discuss the Imperative of Nuclear Energy for Pakistan
Qurat-ul-Ain delivered the concluding remarks. She argued that Pakistan needs to meet its energy needs while combating climate change, with Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar emphasizing the need for aggressive financing for nuclear energy projects to address the vulnerability of developing nations to climate change. Despite restrictions due to its weapons program,  Pakistan seeks support from international financial institutions and cooperation with  China to advance its nuclear energy initiatives, crucial for energy security and #climateresilience. The IAEA org support and acknowledgment of Pakistan’s strong political backing and technical capacity for Nuclear Energy signal potential progress in achieving sustainable development and climate justice goals.

CISS AJK on Media

Executive Director of CISS AJK, Dr. Asma Khawaja, participated in the #PTVWorld show “News Room”with Anchor Omar Butt to discuss “US Exposes India in Religious Freedom Report.”

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Center for International Strategic Studies AJK, King Abdullah Campus Chatter kalas Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir