Afghanistan is undergoing major political, economic and security transitions this year, including the completion of the drawdown of NATO-ISAF combat forces by the end of December 2014. As Afghanistan’s key neighbour, how will this influence and impact Pakistan’s policies? What will be Pakistan’s perspectives on regional security and stability?
In June 2013, Sartaj Aziz was appointed as Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs. Earlier, he served as Finance Minister of Pakistan from August 1990-June 1993 and February 1997-August 1998; and Foreign Minister of Pakistan from August 1998-October 1999. Mr Aziz is a development economist, with a Degree in Commerce from the Punjab University in Pakistan and a Masters’ degree in Development Economics from Harvard University. He has written several books and articles including Rural Development: Learning from China, and his memoirs Between Dreams and Realities: Some Milestones in Pakistan’s History (2009).
This meeting was chaired by Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS. It took place in the Lee Kuan Yew Conference Room at Arundel House, 13–15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX.