The two parties are collaborating on research, security, economic connectivity, counterterrorism, diplomacy
The Center for Security, Strategy and Policy Research (CSSPR,) the University of Lahore (UOL) recently, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Knowledge Caravan, a non-governmental, non-profit research institution based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The MoU-signing was a part of CSSPR’s outreach and collaborative initiatives with Central Asian think tanks, with the view of conducting research on a host of issues that are critical for Pakistan, South Asia, and Central Asia.
Dr. Rabia Akhtar (Director, CSSPR) and Dr. Farkhod Tolipov (Founder, Knowledge Caravan) signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.
Both centers agreed to work together on a variety of projects that are not only important for Pak-Uzbek relations, but also significant at a time when the region is undergoing certain changes in terms of drivers of conflicts, sources of connectivity and external influences. Both of the countries are committed to working on areas like security, economic connectivity, counterterrorism and diplomacy.
As per the terms of the MoU, both centers will jointly-publish research products, organize conferences, and launch exchange programs. Highlighting the importance of this engagement, Dr. Akhtar and Dr. Tolipov emphasized the need for regional integration and establishment of conduits of learning and research.
Dr. Akhtar, in particular, argued that the cooperation between the think tanks will complement the two governments’ efforts to improve Pak-Uzbek relations.
Established in February 2017, the Knowledge Caravan works on and deals with a wide range of issues, to include research in the fields of law, international relations, and Central Asian politics, amongst others.