CASS

( President )

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Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Kaleem Saadat

Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Kaleem Saadat is President, Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS) and former Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force. During his service of 38 years, he has held operational, command and staff appointments. He has a Masters degree in defence and strategic studies and is also a graduate of the Ecole Superiure de Guerre Inter Armee (ESGI) and Cours Superiure Inter Armee(CSI) at the Ecole Militaire at Paris, France. He was the member of directing staff at Air War College, Pakistan Air Force and Chief Instructor of National Defence Wing of the then National Defence College, now called the NDU, Islamabad. He is now Patron-in-Chief of Thinkers Forum Pakistan , of which he had been President and contributing writer for six years. He has also been the Patron of Pakistan Ex- Servicemen Association. He has keen interest in war, peace, airpower employment and development as well as global security and politics



CASS

( Deputy President )

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Air Marshal Aamir Masood

Air Marshal Aamir Masood was commissioned in 1988 as Fighter Pilot in Pakistan Air Force. An accomplished Fighter Pilot having flown various fighter aircrafts on PAF inventory, and a graduate of the coveted Combat Commanders' School. He completed his Staff Course from Indonesia Command & Staff College, National Security and War Course from National Defence University, Islamabad and Masters in Defence Analysis from Naval Postgraduate School, California, USA. During his career spanning over 30 years, he has held various prestigious Command & Staff appointments.

In recognition of his distinguished services, Air Marshal Aamir Masood has been awarded with Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) [Star of Excellence (Military)], Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military) [Medal of Excellence (Military)] and Sitara-e-Basalat besides holding various Chief of the Air Staff Commendation Certificates and a Professional Excellence Badge. Presently he is serving as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Traning).

 

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EDUCATION

2013 - Master's Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies, NDU Islamabad
2011 - Master's Degree in Defence Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School, USA
2008 - BSc (Honors) in War Studies, Air War College, Faisal
2003 - Command & Staff Course, Indonesia
1986 - BSc in Aviation Sciences, PAF Academy, Risalpur
1984 - FSc in Pre Engineering, PAF College, Sargodha
1982 - Matric, Aitchison College Lahore

Air Marshal Aamir Masood is an avid golfer and polo player.



DIRECTOR

( Foreign Policies )

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Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani

Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani 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).

 

Diplomatic and Professional Experience

May 2019 -  Oct 2019     Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, D.C., USA
Jan 2019  -  Present       Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, Pakistan
Oct 2018  -  Mar 2019    Senior Fellow, The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, United Kingdom
Jan 2018  -  Present       Experts & Eminent Persons Group, ASEAN Regional Forum
Dec 2013 -  Mar 2017    Ambassador to the United States, Embassy of Pakistan, Washington, D.C., USA
Feb 2012 -  Dec 2013    Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, Pakistan
Dec 2009 -  Jan 2012    Ambassador to Belgium, Luxemburg & the European Union, Embassy of Pakistan, Brussels, Belgium
June 2007-  Nov 2009   High Commissioner to Australia, High Commission of Pakistan, Canberra, Australia
Mar 2005  -  Mar 2006   Foreign Office Spokesman (concurrently as D.G South Asia), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, Pakistan
Feb 2003  -  May 2007   Director General, South Asia and SAARC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, Pakistan
June 1999 - Feb 2003    Deputy High Commissioner/High Commissioner to India, High Commission of Pakistan, New Delhi, India
June 1995 - May 1999    Minister, Political Affairs & Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Pakistan, Washington, D.C, USA
May 1992  - May 1995    Director, India, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, Pakistan
Sept 1988 - May 1992     Deputy Secretary, Prime Minister Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
Sept 1985 - Aug 1988     First Secretary, High Commission of Pakistan, London, U.K
Mar 1983  - Aug 1985     Second Secretary, Embassy of Pakistan, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Sept 1982 - Mar 1983     Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Pakistan, Sana’a, Yemen



DIRECTOR

( National Security Outlook & Academic Coord )

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Air Marshal (Retd) Waseem ud din

Air Marshal (Retd) Waseem ud din is director 'Aerospace and Policy' at Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies Islamabad (CASS). He is a graduate of Combat Commanders School, Turkish Armed Forces Staff College and Royal College of Defense Studies (United Kingdom). He holds a Master's Degree in International Affairs from King's College London. In his 40 years of illustrious career as a fighter pilot with Pakistan Air force, the Air Marshal flew various top of the line fighter aircraft and served in senior command and staff assignments. These include Director General Air force Strategic Command (AFSC), Air Officer Commanding Air Defense Command (ADC), Deputy Chief of Air Staff Administration and Deputy Chief of Staff Operations.

His specialist areas of research include strategic deterrence mechanisms, space, defense and foreign policy formulation. In recognition of his meritorious services, the Air Marshal has been decorated with the distinguished awards of, Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-i-Basalat.

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DIRECTOR

( Strategic Defence & Security )

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Air Marshal (Retd) M. Ashfaque Arain

Air Marshal (Retd) M Ashfaque Arain is director 'Strategic Defence and Security' at Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies Islamabad (CASS). He is a graduate of Combat Commanders’ School, PAF Air War College and National Defence Univeristy. He holds a Master's Degree in Defense & Strategic Studies from Air War College (AWC) and a Master's Degree in War Studies from National Defense University (NDU), Islamabad. In his 41 years of illustrious career as a fighter pilot with Pakistan Air force, the Air Marshal flew various top of the line fighter aircraft with a singular honour of being first PAF pilot to achieve 2000 hours on the F-16 aircraft. During his career, he has served in senior command and staff assignments including command of a fighter squadron, an operational base, Air Adviser Pakistan’s High Commission in New Delhi, Chief Project director Horizon, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operations), Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans), Director General Air force Strategic Command (AFSC), Director General Projects, and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Administration).

His specialist areas of research include India-Pakistan relations, strategic defence and security, nuclear deterrence, air power employment, and unconventional warfare. In recognition of his meritorious services, the Air Marshal has been decorated with the distinguished awards of, Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-i-Basalat.



DIRECTOR

( Technical & Industry )

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Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Sohail Malik

Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Sohail Ahmad Malik has an extensive record of aviation industry engagement arising from his practitioner experience with the Pakistan Air Force over 36 years. He is a recipient of Professional Excellence Badge, Chief of the Air Staff Commendation Certificates, Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military), and Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military), and is a life-time member of Pakistan Engineering Council. AVM Malik was part of Pakistan's flagship JF-17 Production Project from its initiation to the completion of aircraft production at the Aircraft Manufacturing Factory, of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex; initially as Chief Engineer, later as Deputy Managing Director, and finally as the Managing Director. During his career he advanced through a series of increasingly responsible management positions in PAF. He had worked on various weapon systems in fighter squadrons, and performed engineering assignments at different operational bases. He held the office of Chief Maintenance Officer (CMO) of PAF's largest Engineering Depot, and Chief Engineer of Jet Engine overhauling facility at the Mirage Rebuild Factory.

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AVM Malik's aviation-industrial leadership experience includes: directing and controlling large scale engineering projects; planning and development of dynamic and responsive organizational structures; formulating organizational strategies to achieve organizational mission and objectives; developing, directing, and implementing enterprise policies and procedures; and controlling organizational functions including management of budgets, procurements, personnel, and engineering production. In relation to engineering functions, his expertise encompasses: leading broad-based functional teams for maintenance of operational assets and upkeep of equipment and buildings; establishing quality standards and ensuring their conformance on production plants and processes; overseeing, designing, and manufacturing of engineering products, and overseeing compliance of quality standards and specifications; and organizing research and design of products and their modifications. AVM Malik began his career with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in 1978. after graduating from the PAF College of Aeronautical Engineering with a BE (Aerospace) degree, he was commissioned in the Engineering branch of PAF in January, 1982. He retired from the PAF in 2015, and is now Director of the Aviation Industry at CASS.



DIRECTOR

( International Relations & Security Affairs )

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Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Faheem Ullah Malik

Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Faheem Ullah Malik is a Director at Centre of Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS) dealing with IR, National and International Security Affairs and Latest Technological Trends. He joined the team of CASS scholars in Feb, 2020; after serving more than 32 years as an active duty Force fighter pilot, retiring as an Air Vice Marshal. A graduate of PAAK, Risalpur in 1987, He holds a Masters in War Studies from the PAF War College and a degree in National Security and War Course from National Defence University. During his career, besides active flying duty in different fighter Sqns on various types of fighter aircraft, plus staff duties at Regional Command / Headquarters; he served for about three years in KSA as Commander of PAF Contingent to Royal Saudi Air Force and almost a year in China. Additionally, he represented PAF at multiple training and professional forums in more than 20 countries in different capacities. He was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Mily) for his services to the PAF. He has commanded a fighter Squadron, fighter Wing and fighter Base; and his last appointment was Deputy President of prestigious National Defence University, Islamabad. Most recently, he was performing as Advisor to President NDU, before joining CASS



DIRECTOR

( Nuclear & Strategic Current Affairs )

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Dr. Adil Sultan

Adil Sultan is a Director at Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS), overseeing nuclear related issues. He works on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation; nuclear strategy and doctrines; cross domain deterrence; deterrence stability and nuclear confidence building measures (CBMs) in South Asia. He is the author of a book "Universalizing Nuclear Nonproliferation Norms: A Regional Framework for the South Asian Nuclear Weapon States," published by Palgrave Macmillan (2019). He has written several book chapters; research papers; and has contributed op-eds in leading Pakistani newspapers on issues related to national security. Dr Sultan has served in Pakistan Air Force for over 30 years and had worked at Pakistan's Strategic Plans Division (SPD) for the last 14 years, where he was Director Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs (ACDA), and later as Director Research and Analysis at the Policy, Doctrine and Strategy (PDS) Branch of the SPD. He has been part of Pakistan's delegations for several bilateral dialogues on arms control and strategic stability related issues, and has represented Pakistan at various global summits.

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Before joining CASS, Dr Sultan was a Visiting Research Fellow at the War Studies Department, King's College London from 2017 to 2019. He is also a former Visiting Research Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London (2015), and Visiting Fellow Henry L. Stimson Centre, Washington D.C. (2006). Dr Sultan is also the co-founder of a web portal 'Strategic Foresight for Asia' (www.strafasia.com), which is a London based platform publishing policy relevant analysis on security related issues.



DIRECTOR

( Economic Affairs & National Development )

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Dr. Usman W Chohan

Dr. Usman W. Chohan is an international economist and academic who specializes in the fields of public value theory, parliamentary fiscal scrutiny, the One Belt One Road and cryptocurrencies. He has previously had key affiliations with the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, and the National Bank of Canada. He was included among Australia's 50 Top Thinkers by the Conversation (2016), and he is among the Top 20 Business Authors (out of 12,000 authors) and Top 30 Overall Authors (out of 30,000 authors) on the Social Science Research Network, which is the largest open-repository of knowledge in the world. In the academic realm, his research has been cited widely, as for example in the World Trade Organization, the European Parliament, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Quantitative Finance, IEEE, the OECD, the ABC (Australia), the Sydney Morning Herald, the BBC, Genome Research, Gizmodo, among many others. His Doctoral work at UNSW (Australia) was to create the world's first multidisciplinary synthesis of Independent Fiscal Institutions, and he a post-doctoral fellowship with UNSW to continue that line of enquiry.

 



Administration

DIRECTOR

( Coord & Admin )

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Air Commodore Tanveer Piracha

Air Commodore Tanveer Piracha is Director Coord & Admin at Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies Islamabad (CASS). He holds a Master's Degree in Defense & Strategic Studies from University of New South Wales, Australia and also from Air War College. He holds a Master's Degree in War Studies from NDU, China. In his 29 years of illustrious career as a fighter pilot with Pakistan Air force, the Air Commodore flew various top of the line fighter aircraft. He is a qualified flying instructor & graduate of Combat Commanders School. During his career, he has served in various Command and Staff positions including commanding of Operational Flying Squadron and Operational Base. The Air Commodore has been decorated with the distinguished award of Sitara-e-Imtiaz (M).



Senior Researchers / Researchers

Senior Research Fellow

( Senior Research Fellow )

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Sitara Noor

Sitara Noor is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan. She is also a South Asian Voices Visiting Fellow 2019-2020 at the Stimson Centre, Washington DC. Previously, Sitara was a Research Fellow at the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non Proliferation (VCDNP) in Vienna, Austria (2016-17). Prior to joining the VCDNP, she worked at the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority as an International Relations Analyst. She has served as a faculty member at the National University of Modern Languages for two years. She was also a visiting faculty at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), the Foreign Services Academy of Pakistan, and the Information Services Academy of Pakistan.



Research Fellow

( Research Fellow )

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Abdullah Rehman Butt

Abdullah Rehman Butt is working as a research fellow at Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS). He holds an MPhil degree in Strategic and Nuclear Studies from National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad with majors in Global Politics, Nuclear Deterrence and Strategic Stability in South Asia. He has previously worked at the Institute of Strategic Studies Research and Analysis (ISSRA), NDU. His areas of interest are space law, nuclear deterrence in South Asia, and shifting trends in world order.

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Research Fellow

( Research Fellow )

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Maham Shahid Gillani

Maham S. Gillani is an expert on politics, peace and security in South Asia. Having a master’s degree in International Relations, she has been working at various public and private organisations in Islamabad. Besides, she has pursued several short courses on national security as well as peace and conflict in Pakistan and abroad. She is an avid reader and writes on issues pertaining to Pakistan’s foreign policy, South Asian politics and security, peace and conflict transformation, as well as society and gender.



Research Fellow

( Research Fellow )

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Zuhaib Anwar

Zuhaib Anwar is working as a research fellow at Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS). He is currently pursuing his MPhil degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. His areas of interest are politics of Middle East and Afghanistan, and civil military relations of Pakistan

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Research Fellow

( Research Fellow )

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Omer Aamir

Omer Aamir graduated from Lahore University of Management Sciences with a B.A LL.B (Hons) degree and his area of research is National Security & Legal Affairs. Before that, he studied at Aitchison College and completed O-Levels. Thereafter, he went to high school in California.

He has done extensive research work throughout his studies and at job. These include research in the areas of social sciences, law, humanitarian issues, and regional geo-political problems. The research in regional issues cover those about Kashmir, Afghanistan, etc. Moreover, he has done research on International Law and International Relations areas. This research has involved focus on India’s humanitarian law violations in Kashmir. He has also written a paper on honor killings and looked at it from a human rights-legal perspective during his university days. Moreover, he has researched on Educational Reforms in Baluchistan and sought to come up with innovative solutions for the issues faced by the province. His long term specialization is Future Warfare and other than that, he plans to undertake research on International Relations and International Law cross-sectionality.



Research Fellow

( Research Fellow )

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Etfa Khurshid Mirza

Etfa Khurshid Mirza works as a research fellow at Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS). She is a graduate of National Defence University, Islamabad, from the Strategic Studies department. Her area of specialization is nuclear and strategic affairs.

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Research Fellow

( Research Fellow )

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Ghanwah Ijaz Cheema

Ghanwah Ijaz Cheema is a research fellow at Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS). She has obtained a master’s degree in International Relations with distinction from University of Sargodha. Her area of research is doctrine and warfare. She specializes in Indian socio-political affairs. Her areas of interest also includes global and regional politics (South Asia) and international security environment.



Research Fellow

( Research Fellow )

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Aneeqa Safdar

Aneeqa Safdar is working as a research fellow at Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS). She is a graduate of National Defence University, Islamabad, with majors in Government and Public Policy. Her areas of interest include socio-economic development and global governance.

 

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Research Fellow

( Research Fellow )

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Amna Tauhidi

Amna Tauhidi is working as a research fellow at Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies. She holds an MPhil degree in Government and Public Policy from National Defence University. Her masters is in International Relations. She holds a distinction in Political Science from Punjab University and has teaching experience, as well. Her areas of interest include national, economic and governance challenges.



Research Fellow

( Research Fellow )

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Shaza Arif

Shaza Arif is a student of Defence and Diplomatic Studies at Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. She has also participated in an international workshop entitled Commonwealth Futures : Re-imaging Peace at Durban University of Technology, South Africa in March 2020. Her areas of interest are Space, Artificial Intelligence and Strategy . She writes opinion articles on issues related to politics, modern warfare and strategy.

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Research Fellow

( Research Fellow )

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Maheen Shafeeq

Maheen Shafeeq is a graduate of The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. She holds a master's degree in International Relations and a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with majors in International Relations from Bahria University Islamabad.

She has one and a half years of teaching experience at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Bahria University and School of Politics and International Relations Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad. Previously she has worked with the Ministry of Reforms and Development, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan.

She is an active member of Chatham House Royal institution of International Affairs London, International Political Science Association Australia, and Asia-Europe Foundation ASEF. She is also serving in the capacity of Deputy Head at International Association for Political Science Students IAPSS (Netherlands).

Her research area includes International Relations, Ethics of Warfare, Politics of International Migration, Political Economy of Globalization, Nationalism, Diplomacy, Future Technology and Aviation Industry.

She is a professional photographer and has worked with football clubs in the UK such as Manchester United, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.