Inline with our mission to decipher, synthesize, and interpret the emerging geopolitical realities, from time to time PoliTact partners with leading global thought centers to understand the multifaceted tangents of the particular themes we are analyzing. The list includes the Middle East Institute, Stimson Center, and Atlantic Council.
We also maintain connections with leading intellectuals from different regions to understand the different political, economic, and security dynamics at play. Due to our holistic approach, PoliTact’s analyses are frequently sought after by the domestic and international news media centers. PoliTact’s assessments feature regularly in the Voice of America Urdu and Pashto services. See below an example of our recent events and collaborations. If you are interested in getting information on our future events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Does The China, Iran Economic and Security Deal Mean?
On July 28, 2020, PoliTact held a webinar to discuss the potential China-Iran economic deal and its impact on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The panelists analyzed the major developments taking place in the South Asia and Middle East regions and provided perspectives on the evolving situation. In the COVID19 geopolitical context, the theme has taken on added significance in the aftermath of US elections.
The panel included:
1. Khaled Almaeena – Former Editor-in-Chief of Arab News and Saudi Gazette.
2. Ambassador (R) Mustafa Kamal Kazi – Senior Vice Chairman and Senior Diplomat Emarituis, Karachi Council on Foreign Relations.
3. Dr. Claude Rakisits – Honorary Associate Professor, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University.
Europe and Brexit – World Economic Forum, Davos 2019
In January 2019, participated in the various forums held at the World Economic Forum, Davos.
The hard debates took place at the various Davos forums on the corporate role in the present economic woes, and responsibility towards tacking inequality, fixing the climate, and creating more jobs as Artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data alter how the business will be conducted in the future. The dilemma remains that under globalization, the nation-state model, and state sovereignty, takes more of a back seat – and this is exactly what has resulted in the populist responses such as ‘American First’ or ‘Brexit’. Read the analysis: Davos 2019, EU, And US-China Trade War.
Growing South Asia and Middle East Connection – Middle East Institute
In November 16, 2018, PoliTact collaborated with the Middle East Institute’s Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies Center to examine the political, security, and economic interconnections between South Asia and the Gulf States, and one of the subsets, Pakistan and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). While this interrelationship is not new, it is likely to become more pronounced in the future.
Dr. Marvin Weinbaum, Director for Afghanistan, Pakistan Studies Center moderated the panel discussion. The panel included: Ambassador Gerald Feierstein – Senior Vice President at the Middle East Institute and US Ambassador to Yemen from 2010-2013, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs; Amb. Richard Olson – the former US Ambassador to Pakistan and Special Representative for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and former Ambassador to UAE (2008-2011); Shamila Chaudhary – Senior South Asia fellow at the New America Foundation and former Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan at the National Security Council, White House (2010-2011); Shehryar Fazli is a Political Analyst and Consultant at the World Bank. Read the report: Examining Saudi-Iran Tensions And Its Impact On South Asia, China.
Afghan Reconciliation – Stimson Center
In March 2018, PoliTact partnered with Stimson Center’s South Asia Program to organize an event held under the Chatham Rules and examined the various facets of the Afghan Reconciliation process. While several different approaches have been attempted in the past, none of them proved to be sustainable. Policy makers, academics, and think tank scholars participated in the discussion.
One of the points that emerged from this discussion was that US should hold direct talks with the Afghan Taliban. This approach has now been adopted and the on-going talks undertaken by the US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad shows promise to amicably end the conflict.
US-Pakistan Relations – With Dr. Marvin Weinbaum and Ikram Sehgal
PoliTact and NEXT TV co-hosted a special TV program to analyze the perceptions and perspectives surrounding the US-Pakistan relations on September 28, 2016, especially in the context of Pakistan-India tensions, lack of progress on Afghan Reconciliation, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and budding US-India ties. The guests included Dr. Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute, and Ikram Sehgal – Defense and Security Analyst and Chairman of Pathfinder Group in Pakistan.
Geopolitics in Middle East & South Asia: Lessons for the Balkans – International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)
In June 2015, PoliTact’s Fellow Abdullah Khurram participated in a discussion organized under the framework of the “EU and the World” lecture cycle, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The Balkan states have come a long way since the Yugoslav wars and the ethnic cleansing of the 90s. The region has improved both economically as well as politically. Slovenia and Croatia have become members of the EU while all other countries in the region are actively working towards this goal. However, despite the tremendous progress, the region is still confronted with considerable political, economic and security challenges. Read the article: Five Point Agenda for the Western Balkans
Pakistan’s Campaign Against Extremism – Atlantic Council
In 2011, PoliTact’s Chief Analyst Arif Ansar presented a commentary at the event hosted by Atlantic Council and moderated by the Director of South Asia Center, Shuja Nawaz. Imtiaz Gul, an Islamabad-based expert reviewed Pakistan’s likely counter-terrorism strategy and its potential for success. Key questions examined were: what are the conditions under which the military of Pakistan can and will tackle the internal insurgency? Is the civilian component of the impending plan ready?