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Building Peace and Security: A Woman Trailblazer in Pakistan

By |2020-10-22T13:46:22-10:00October 22nd, 2020|

An Interview with Ms. Ammara Aamer Khattak,  Additional Director, Pakistan Civil Services Academy, Lahore In this interview, Dr. Saira Yamin speaks to Ms. Ammara Khattak, a distinguished alumna of DKI APCSS who attended the Comprehensive Crisis Management course (CCM 15-1). Ms. Khattak is a senior Pakistan civil servant who has broken the glass ceiling many times. She is the first woman to have served in the prestigious position of Deputy Commissioner in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, as the Director Relief and Operations managing refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP) at Jalozai camp - the largest and oldest refugee camp in Pakistan [...]

Strategic Competition: Why Pakistan Matters

By |2020-07-15T10:42:36-10:00July 15th, 2020|

This paper emphasizes the importance of the U.S. maintaining a strong relationship with Pakistan as strategic competition with China intensifies. Excerpt: It is worth noting that Pakistan remains vitally important to U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific, not least because of its all-weather strategic cooperative partnership with China who regards it as an “element of its strategic competition with the United States and India.” The current state of U.S.-Pakistan relations is symptomatic of an increasing ambiguity that is counterproductive to advancing U.S. interests. To state the obvious, the more the U.S distances itself from Pakistan, a country not very long ago [...]

Policy Guidance for Pakistan’s Oscillation Response to COVID-19

By |2020-06-29T14:45:58-10:00June 25th, 2020|

In this paper, Asma Khawaja and Dr. Deon Canyon detail how shifting policy guidance affected Pakistan’s response to COVID-19, including the women’s role in a patriarchal society. Excerpt: Although the government of Pakistan took immediate measures to cope with the pandemic, such as the release of funds, establishment of quarantine centers, hiring of medical staff, and acquisition of testing kits and medicines, they faced major challenges every step of the way. A lack of facilities, equipment and supplies in hospitals, poor health system infrastructure, corruption of officials, and inconsistent implementation of government policies for managing people at borders and airports [...]

We Call it Panic, The World Calls It Preparedness

By |2020-04-10T16:45:31-10:00April 3rd, 2020|

By: Shazia Haris In a crisis, no one person is Aristotle, and it’s OK to build a team and learn. That is how we convert adversity into opportunity. It was a warm day of July 2015 in Hawaii, when we Fellows of the Crisis Management Course at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) role-played, handling a health epidemic with potential to be pandemic in South Asia.  To our utter surprise we as crisis managers had to communicate with Border Control Forces, the Health Minister, National Security Officers, the Police, the Fire Department, the Finance Ministry, the [...]

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