H.E. Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali attended a two-day workshop titled “The Third IISS South Asia Security Workshop” with the theme of ‘Building Regional Security & Countering Terrorism.’ The workshop was organized by International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in cooperation with Near East South Asia (NESA) from May 13-14, 2017 in Manama, Bahrain.

The workshop was attended by government officials, military and civilian experts from South Asia and beyond.

The two-day workshop comprised four sessions. The first session discussed the question of whether a new “great game” is unfolding in Afghanistan, considering the current situation and new development in the arena of world politics as well as forging of new alliance in the region. The second sessions squarely focused on countering terrorism and way forward. Various mechanisms i.e. bilateral and multilateral were discussed for countering terrorism.

The two other sessions centered around “perspectives on the Trump Administration’s policies towards South Asia and the “key regional risks & opportunities in the next six months.”

It is worth mentioning that all the sessions were held under the Chatham House Rule.

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