Dr. Muhammad Aslam Khan Niazi is a retired Brig from Pakistan Army, served 32 years. A veteran of (1971) Indo-Pak War, when he served as a liaison officer in an Infantry Division. Recipient of ‘Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military)’ he had the privilege to command a field artillery regiment in a desert formation for about three years, and later commanded Divisional as well as Corps Artillery after promotion from Lt Col to Brig rank. Having served two tenures in prestigious Military Operations Directorate, GHQ from Jan 1982-May 1985 and May 1992-Jun 1994, he also held director level appointments twice. Secured first class Masters Degree in International Relations in year2000 and PhD, acquired after retirement in 2002-2007. Scrutiny of his thesis was done by two Russian scholars of repute that the University had chosen at random. Writes frequently in national and international media and attends seminars and conferences within the country and abroad on invitation. He speaks occasionally about international issues from Voice of America and Voice of Russia (now Sputnik). Has visited US, UK, Germany (twice), UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Cambodia and Switzerland (twice). An author of a book, ‘The New Great Game: Oil and Gas Politics in Central Eurasia’ published by US publisher in Feb 2008 from New York, London and Swansea, he lives in Lahore and plays golf with 16 handicaps. Dr. Makni is his acronym, comprising first capitals of each segment of his full name.