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Pakistan flagPLEASE NOTE: THE AFTERNOON SESSIONS ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED BUT YOU ARE STILL ABLE TO REGSITER FOR THE MORNING SESSIONS.

The Pakistan Security Conference 2015 will bring together leading thinkers, practitioners and government officials to discuss current strategic thinking and prevailing domestic and regional security dilemmas facing Pakistan.

Pakistan’s problems with militancy are manifold, and include violent sectarian groups, transnational Al-Qaeda-influenced jihadist groups, Al-Qaeda operatives with a history of planning attacks against the UK, an ISIL affiliate, separatist groups, and insurgent groups. Pakistan’s most recent response, operation Zarb-e Azb, disrupted the operations of some of these groups; at least for the short-term. How far this represents a strategic shift in Pakistan’s security policy has yet to be determined, and complex regional dynamics and tensions between Pakistan and both of its neighbours will be influential.

Coming at the end of General Raheel Sharif’s official visit to British forces, the conference will act as a platform for discussion on Pakistan’s security from a range of military and civilian perspectives, in the hope of enhancing mutual understanding and cooperation. The detailed programme is still being finalised but will include a number of high profile guests and internationally renowned experts from Pakistan and elsewhere and include views from Pakistan and UK government officials and leading academics and key thinkers in the field to explore the various dynamics of Pakistan’s current and future security environment.

The conference, which will take place at RUSI’s headquarters on Whitehall, is free to attend.

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