International Conference 2018

International Conference 2018

International Conference 2018

Connectivity: Road to Peace

5 May 2018 Istanbul Turkey

Elite World Istanbul, Sehit Muhtar St. No.42, 34435 Taksim Istanbul Turkey

Welcome Invitation

We are pleased to invite you to the lovely city of Istanbul on 5 May 2018 to explore the thought-provoking topic of Connectivity: Road to Peace and its local, national, and international implications. Hosted by Lahore Center for Peace Research (LCPR), the organizers have planned an outstanding program featuring inspirational speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities to recommit our efforts addressing socio-economic, security and foreign policy challenges. We’ll discuss the opportunities to create peace through collaborative approaches. The conference will serve as a spring board to expand existing peace efforts through international collaborations.
We look forward to joining you in Istanbul, as we come together to make a difference by discussing challenges and identifying opportunities to address the most pressing concerns of modern times, ‘Peace.’

Thank you

On behalf of the LCPR, we would like to thank our Sponsors, Partners, Exhibitors and Delegates for participating at the International Conference Connectivity Road to Peace 2018.


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About the Event

Lahore Center for Peace Research (LCPR) is holding a conference titled, ‘Connectivity: Road to Peace’. Considering the tumultuous state of the world order, peace and stability are prerequisites to achieve the goals of progress and prosperity. Regional connectivity requires initiatives by states, by economic actors, and by socio-cultural agents to enhance the level of connectivity in the region and engender sustainable and beneficial outcomes for peace, interconnectivity and conflict resolution. Kosovo is part of CEFTA and likely to join EU. Turkey and Pakistan were part of RCD, which has now enlarged into ECO that includes Central Asian countries. China is developing linkages across the Eurasian belt through its OBOR/BRI initiative while Russia is linking Eurasia through EAEU. Several countries are also developing freer economic relations bilaterally. For instance, the FTA has already been signed between China and Pakistan, and is in the pipeline between Turkey and Pakistan, and Turkey and Kosovo. This conference will emphasize on how regional and cross-border linkages can be fostered that contribute to and support the promotion of peace through bilateral trade, and social and economic development. Speakers and panelists from Pakistan, Turkey and Kosovo will exchange ideas and propose steps to explore existing and further avenues of cooperation, coordination and collaboration. The conference will conclude with key ideas and suggestions that could support efforts aimed at increasing regional co-operation and integration and furthering different kinds of initiatives aimed at enhancing the level of connectivity in the region.

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Roundtable on Afghanistan

Roundtable on Afghanistan

The Lahore Center for Peace Research (LCPR) and  Burki Institute of Public Policy (BIPP) organized a roundtable session on Afghanistan on Friday, the 30th of March. The event was co-chaired by Mr. Shahid Javed Burki, Chairman BIPP and Ambassador Shamshad Ahmad Khan  Former Foreign Secretary and Chairman LCPR. Dr. Iftekhar Ahmad Chowdhury, Former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh and currently Principal Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore. 

The participants discussed the fallout of US’ military-heavy strategy in Afghanistan, the role of Pakistan and the overall geopolitical dynamics in the region. They contended: 

  • Pakistan has direct stakes in Afghan peace. The continuation of the conflict is not in Pakistan’s interest.
  • We have always been ready to play our role in promoting genuine Afghan peace. We would like to see a stable, independent and united Afghanistan that is at peace with itself and with all its neighbours.
  • In July 2015, we were able to host the first round of talks between the Afghan Government and Taliban in Murree. There were forces however in the region which subverted the dialogue process.
  • President Trump has recently been giving conflicting signals. His spokesmen have been talking of negotiated settlement as well as a military option in the same breath.
  • Pakistan welcomed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s initiative of 28 February offering talks with Taliban and starting a new chapter in relations with Pakistan.
  • In reality, however, everyone knows that it is Washington, not Taliban, which holds the key for any opening in the Afghan logjam. 

On its part, Pakistan is committed to a stable and peaceful Afghanistan and would continue to play its role to achieve this objective. Durable peace in Afghanistan will remain elusive as long as Pakistan’s legitimate security concerns in the region remain unaddressed.