Amb Jalil Abbas Jillani (Retd)

Former Foreign Secretary, Director CASS


Time: March 3, 2020
Location: Serena Hotel, Islamabad
Event Type: Conference
Organized By: Team CASS

About Speaker

Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani is the Director of Foreign Politics at the Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies. He has 38 years of bilateral and multilateral experience as a career diplomat, having served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Belgium, Luxemburg and the E.U, and Australia. Ambassador Jilani also served as the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, the top civil service official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A specialist in South Asian affairs, Ambassador Jilani has worked as Director General for South Asia and SAARC, Deputy/Acting High Commissioner to India and Director (India) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2018, the Government of Pakistan nominated Ambassador Jilani as member of the Experts and Eminent Persons Group (EEP) of the ASEAN Regional Forum and later in 2019, as member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs. Most recently, Ambassador Jilani has served as a Senior Fellow at both the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

TOPIC OF SPEECH: Pakistan’s Challenges and Opportunities in Emerging World Order

Momentous developments are taking place at regional and global levels. South Asia’s future remains clouded with uncertainty. On Pakistan’s Western border, Afghanistan remains far from stable as 40 years of conflict has polarised the Afghan polity, which may impede the ongoing peace process. Internal consensus in support of the US -Taliban reconciliation process is also lacking.  On the Eastern border, driven by BJP Government’s Fascist Hindutva ideology, India has adopted an aggressive posture towards Pakistan since 2014. There has been no substantive and meaningful dialogue for several years for the resolution of outstanding disputes. India continues to violate Line of Control (LOC) with impunity and ever increasing frequency. The two countries approached brink of a major conflict in February, 2019. The 5 August Indian move to repeal Article 370 in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Kashmir and Shimla Agreement has further dimmed chances of peace.  The US Iran tension, persistent rivalry between Iran and GCC countries, competing US China interests and confrontation, will continue to pose far reaching economic, political and security challenges for Pakistan and the region.   There is a need to review the ongoing developments, asses their implications for Pakistan and regional peace and security, and recommend steps to preserve and promote Pakistan’s economic, political and security interests in such challenging environment.


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