Book Discussion - What has Kargil Taught Us About Managing Foreign Affairs?

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

Book Discussion - What has Kargil Taught Us About Managing Foreign Affairs?

Speaker: Nasim Zehra, Author, ' From Kargil to the Coup', Analyst & Anchor, Channel 24

Moderator: Syed Hassan Akbar, Director Programmes, Jinnah Institute

Date: Monday, February 11, 2019
Time: 04:00 - 05:30 pm
Venue: NIB Auditorium, Academic Block, LUMS


Ever since the Kargil war of 1999 between the then newly nuclearised states of 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: Nasim Zehra

Nasim Zehra is a national security specialist and a prominent journalist. As a columnist, television host and teacher with extensive experience, 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. She has served in an honourary 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 and Latin America (June2005).

Moderator: Syed Hassan Akbar

Syed Hassan Akbar is Director Programmes 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. Mr. Akbar has over 14 years of experience in foreign policy, democracy, and human rights with national and multilateral agencies. A graduate of International Affairs from SIPA, Columbia University, Mr. Akbar is a Fulbright Scholar and has co-authored several nationally represented research studies on devolution, democracy, foreign policy and fundamental rights.