Pakistan's Nuclear Assets: Political Risk from an Investment Perspective - POSTPONED

The Committee on Southern Asian Studies

Commercial Section, Consulate of Pakistan (Chicago)

Pakistan Club

February 23, 2008: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Lately, the safety of Pakistan's nuclear assets have become a concern for global investors and its political allies. Air Commodore Banuri is in charge of those assets and as such, is best suited to address those concerns for a western audience.


Gleacher Center
Room 100
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions: Discounted ($6.00)Parking: 300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage) $6.00 all day Saturday for a 12-hour period.


No Charge


Register By Email
This event is postponed.

Deadline: 2/22/2008


9:30 AM-10:00 AM: Continental Breakfast

10:00 AM-10:45 AM: Welcome & Summary of the Investments Conference by K. Rizwan Kadir

10:45 AM-11:15 AM: "Pakistan's Financial Markets and Public Policy" by Prof. Atif Mian, Associate Professor of Finance

11:15 AM-12:00 PM: Conversation with Air Commodore Khalid Banuri

12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Q & A

Speaker Profiles

Air Commodore Khalid Banuri (Speaker)
Director Arms Control & Disarmament Affairs (ACDA), Strategic Plans Division (SPD), Government of Pakistan

Air Commodore Banuri was appointed as Director Arms Control & Disarmament Affairs (ACDA) at Pakistan’s Strategic Plans Division (SPD) in 2005, after being its Deputy Director and later, as Additional Director since SPD's inception in August 2000. He is a fighter pilot by training. Serving in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) since 1979, he has flown a variety of fighter aircraft and holds significant field, flight instruction, command and staff experience. He is a graduate of the F- 16 squadron of the Combat Commanders’ School, Flying Instructors’ School as well as the PAF’s Air War College and UK’s Joint Services Command & Staff College. He is decorated with Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Distinction) for his outstanding commitment and devotion towards the service. Air Commodore Banuri holds an MSc in Defence & Strategic Studies (DSS) from Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad and an MA in Defence Studies from King's College London. He is a former fellow of The Henry L. Stimson Center Washington DC and has participated in a number of international conferences and seminars in USA, UK and Russia. He has been part of various national delegations for bilateral talks with countries of Pakistan’s strategic interest, including Pak-India expert level talks on nuclear confidence building measures. He has spoken at universities, think tanks, and is a frequent lecturer at military and civilian institutions in Pakistan. Having served as Senior Directing Staff and DS Tutorial at the Staff Wing of the Air War College, he is currently a Visiting/ Adjunct faculty member at the DSS Department of QAU (since Fall 2002) and at Defence & Diplomatic Studies Department of Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi (since Fall 2006) where he lectures on WMD proliferation, arms control, disarmament and strategy. He also serves on the Board of Studies of DSS QAU. His current areas of interest are nuclear/missile issues, missile defence, chemical- biological control and South Asian security.

Prof. Atif Mian (Speaker)
Associate Professor of Finance, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago

Atif Mian is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago. He holds a bachelors degree in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. Prof. Mian's research includes work on financial markets in Pakistan and other developing economies. He has also worked on developing a new data set from primary sources to understand the demographic consequences of Indo-Pak partition of 1947. His current research is centered around understanding the connections between monetary policy, credit supply, asset prices, and consumption; and includes work exploring the causes and consequences of recent financial crisis in the US. Prof. Mian's research has been published in top Economics and Finance academic journals.


K. Rizwan Kadir