Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad

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The Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI) is a strategic studies think tank based in Islamabad, Pakistan.[1][2] It is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan. Its most famous member being the nationalist commentator Shireen Mazari. The organisation is devoted to providing an in-depth understanding and objective analysis of regional and global strategic issues, affecting international peace and security.[3][4]

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Visiting dignitaries from other countries sometimes are invited to address and speak on worldwide current issues from this organisation's platform.[4]

For example, in November 2017, the Japanese Ambassador Takashi Kurai gave a public talk here titled 'Japan-Pakistan Relationship: 65 Years and Beyond'. He reminded the audience that Pakistan was once the largest exporter of textiles to Japan while Japan was the largest exporter of machinery and vehicles to Pakistan. He also mentioned that then President Ayub Khan's visit to Japan was historical as the Emperor of Japan had welcomed him himself. He also said that more Pakistani textile products should be exported to Japan.[5]

Tanvir Ahmad Khan, former Foreign Secretary (Pakistan), after his retirement, had one time served as Director General and Chairman of the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad.[6]

In 2018, Masood Khan, Pakistan's former Ambassador to the United Nations was serving as the Director General of this institute.[3]


  1. ^ Baqir Sajjad Syed (13 March 2018). "Iran invites Pakistan to participate in Chahbahar project". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  2. ^ Abdullah Malik (30 January 2018). "Growing strategic divergence between Pakistan, US: seminar". Daily Times (newspaper). Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b Mian Abrar (26 June 2016). "An interview with Ambassador Masood Khan, Director General, Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad and former Ambassador to the United Nations and China". Pakistan Today (newspaper). Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b Iran seeks to allay Chabahar port concerns Aaj TV News website, Published 28 May 2016, Retrieved 3 May 2018
  5. ^ Japan is not against China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Dawn (newspaper), Published 8 November 2017, Retrieved 3 May 2018
  6. ^ Ex-foreign secretary Tanvir Ahmad Khan dies Dawn (newspaper), Published 17 November 2013, Retrieved 3 May 2018

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