Roundtable - National Youth Conference Lahore Chapter - March 31, 2022
A National Youth Conference took place at TMUC Lahore on the 31st of March 2022 on the topic of nationalism and “Pakistaniat”. A panel of experts were called for an interactive session with the students, where they all provided insight about the differing definitions of “Pakistaniat” and how to overcome the generational gap in the alternative understandings of nationalism. The major takeaways were: we must honor our traditions, and respect the minorities; youth should be encouraged to vote and incentives must be provided for them to join political parties; a civic culture of political participation should be established, and national cohesion is the necessity to overcome the structural crisis.
Roundtable - Disinformation On Social Media: - February 24, 2022
A Roundtable Conference was hosted on 24th February 2022 in Islamabad by CPSD on the topic of Disinformation on Social Media; Countering and Deconstructing Hostile Narratives and the Way Forward for Pakistan. Experts on the subject matter were called as speakers, providing insight about the topic at hand, followed by a lively question and answer session with students from NUST university. One of the most prominent takeaways from the conference was that there should be a focus on educating, legislating and instilling responsibility for all internet users considering them as potential tools available for both information and disinformation. Secondly, panelists stressed that the understanding and differentiation between misinformation, disinformation and malformation must be developed.
Roundtable - National Youth Conference Karachi Chapter - December 20, 2021
A National Youth Conference was hosted at Movenpick Karachi by the Center for Peace, Security and Development Studies on the issue of nationalism and the concept of “Pakistaniat” for today’s youth. A myriad of speakers from various fields were present, providing insight about the topic from their own personal experiences, alongside lively groups of students from a multitude of Karachi universities. Through an interactive and debate session, ideas and perceptions about the topic was discussed at length, and productive conclusions were derived from the conference.
Round Table - "Constitutional Evolution of Pakistan: Projecting Beyond Horizon"
Karachi, 27th July 2019: Centre for Peace, Security and Developmental Studies (CPSD) organized a Roundtable Discussion on “Constitutional Evolution of Pakistan: Projecting Beyond Horizon” at Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education (DIHE), Karachi. Constitutional and legal experts from academia, judiciary and media deliberated on different dimensions of the subject. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar, Rector DIHE presented the opening address and welcomed the participants of the roundtable. He said that the constitution of any country defines the rights and obligations of citizens, and plays a crucial role by laying down the procedures of governance, executive and legislation. Therefore, this academic discourse is of the utmost importance amidst ongoing debates on constitutional provisions and their impact on society.
Round Table - "18th Amendment: Pitfalls and Opportunities"
Karachi, 30th April 2019: Centre for Peace, Security and Developmental Studies (CPSD) – Karachi based public policy think-tank – organized a roundtable discussion on "18th Amendments: Pitfall and Opportunities" in Karachi. Speakers from academia, political parties, civil society members, and law experts deliberated on multiple dimensions of the subject. Mr Umer Khan Executive Director CPSD presented welcome remarks.Justice (R) Sarmad Jalal Osmany, former Chief Justice Sindh High Court and Dean Law Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education, talked about empowering provinces through provincial list of legislation. He maintained that abolition of the concurrent legislative list can create ambiguities so there should be clarity about legislative items available to the provinces.
Round Table - "Launch of Seminar Report: Energy Security Policy"
Karachi, 7 th Feb 2019: The seminar on Energy Security Policy organized by CPSD on 03 December 2018, comprised three sessions on Oil and Gas, Water and Power, and Alternative Energy. The event was not only graced by worthy speakers who enjoy position of authority in the Energy Sector but was also attended by notable including diplomats, government officials, senior military officers, technocrats, and academics. CPSD launched the report of the seminar by organizing a roundtable of experts who further deliberated on follow up focus areas.
The need for a follow up roundtable stemmed from the fact that Pakistan faces myriad challenges and therefore a one off deliberation on a key issue was not enough to solve Pakistan’s problems.
Roundtable on “Water Management Crisis and National Security”
Karachi, 29 th Jan 2019: The growing population and demographic shift has brought remarkable changes to the Pakistan’s economy. The development and the subsequent preservation of resources have become directly linked with the proportional socio-economic progress of the country. After the long period of chaos, terrorism and political cult violence, the relative peace demands for better and sustainable management across the all national institutions. The general sentiment around, however, projects that various sectors which are crucial to national security needs overhauling and policy guided decision making.
Round Table on "Alternative and Renewable Energy"
Karachi, 8 th Nov 2018: The Centre for Peace, Security, and Developmental Studies (CPSD) hosted a roundtable discussion on Alternative and Renewable Energy. The roundtable was co-chaired by President CPSD, Lt Gen Agha M. Umer Farooq (Retd) and Former Federal Minister, Suhail Wajahat.
Participants at the event comprised energy experts from the public and private sector who deliberated on the current capacity and potential of the renewable and alternative energy industry in Pakistan. They all agreed that due to the current energy crisis and an ever increasing population, Pakistan must harness energy from alternative and renewable energy resources.
Roundtable - Karachi -The Uroos-ul-Bilaad: "Water Crisis Management"
Karachi, 25th May 2018: The Centre for Peace, Security and Developmental Studies (CPSD) hosted a roundtable discussion on Karachi -The Uroos-ul-Bilaad: Water Crisis Management as the first of several roundtables to be held on the broader theme. The proceedings, chaired by Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui (Sitara e Imtiaz), included three presentations and an interactive discussion. Participants at the event included members of the academia, experts and policy practitioners.
The program initiated with a recitation of the Holy Quran. Afterwards, the stage secretary handed the proceedings over to the Member Board of Governors CPSD Habibullah Dadabhoy who gave a welcome address.
Second Round Table - "The Silver Lining - Beyond Prevalent Perceptions"
Karachi, 20th December 2017: The Centre for Peace, Security and Developmental Studies (CPSD) hosted a roundtable discussion on The Silver Lining-Beyond Prevalent Perceptions as the second of three roundtables to be held on the topic. The proceedings included one presentation and were chaired by Rear Admiral Pervaiz Asghar (retd). Participants at the event included members of the academia, experts and policy practitioners.
The program initiated with a recitation of the Holy Quran. Afterwards, the stage secretary handed the proceedings over to the Chairperson. Rear Admiral Pervaiz Asghar (retd) elaborated on the topic of CPEC: Opportunities for Karachi.
First Round Table - "The Silver Lining - Beyond Prevalent Perceptions"
Karachi, 20th November 2017: The Centre for Peace, Security and Developmental Studies (CPSD) hosted a roundtable discussion on "The Silver Lining-Beyond Prevalent Perceptions" as the first of three roundtables to be held on the topic. The proceedings included one presentation and were chaired by Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany. Participants at the event included members of the academia, experts and policy practitioners.
In his opening remarks Lt Gen Agha Muhammad Umer Farooq (Retd) highlighted that the emerging opportunities in the specific context of CPEC
Discussion with Dr. Marvin Weinbaum (Scholar)
A discussion session Dr. Marvin Weinbaum a renowned scholar from Middle East institute in Washington DC.
First Round Table Conference
A Round Table Discussion on Current state of US-Pak relations: immediate and medium term future on Saturday, February 18, 2012 with the visiting team of NESA (Near East and South Asia Center) of the American NDU (National Defense University).
The visiting team :
James A. Larocco, Ambassador (Retired) NESA Director
Col. (R) John Jack Gill,Associate Professor, NDU, NESA
Zachary J. Meyer, Director, NESA