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Oct 14, 2020

A virtual dialogue between Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI) and MISIS

A virtual dialogue between Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI) and MISIS was held on 14th October 2020. ISSI is a renowned think tank in Pakistan. Several years before MISIS interacted with ISSI under the framework of an MoU signed between the two Institutes. The MoU eventually expired. Meantime changes took place in the leadership and members of the two organizations and since then the MoU was not renewed and both sides lost contact with each other. However, in September ISSI took the initiative of reviving the contact with MISIS. Both sides agreed to convey a virtual meeting on issues of interest especially those affecting the security of South Asia. To this end, the following two topics were chosen for discussion- 1. Indo-Pacific: View from National Perspective of Myanmar and Pakistan respectively 2. China-Myanmar Economic Corridor and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Opening remarks were delivered by Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General of ISSI and U Nyunt Maung Shein, Chairman of MISIS. Following persons were present at the meeting- From Pakistan side- Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, DG Dr. Saif Malik, Director, India Studies Center Dr. Farhan Hanif Siddiqi, IR Department, Quaid-i-Azam University Dr. Shabana Fayaz, Chair of Defense and Strategic Studies Department, Quaid-i-Azam University From Myanmar side- U Nyunt Maung Shein, Chairman U Wynn Lwin, Vice-Chairman U Kyee Myint, Member Pro. Dr. Daw Khin Ma Ma Myo, Member Both sides appreciated the view points and position presented by the speakers. They decided to renew the MoU and expressed the hope that when the pandemic situation is stabilized a physical meeting could be held either in Islamabad or Yangon. Presentaions made by U Kyee Myint on CMEC and on Indo-Pacific by Pro. Dr. Daw Khin Ma Ma Myo could be downloaded from MISIS website.

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