The Future of US-Pakistan Relations – Wilson Center

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The International Academy of Letters, USA
Since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the US-Pakistan relationship has been stuck in a prolonged period of uncertainty. It also faces geopolitical constraints, amid intensifying US competition with China, Pakistan’s close ally. More recently, the bilateral relationship has had to grapple with Pakistan’s current “polycrisis” of economic, political, and security challenges. However, despite all this, recent months have produced a series of high-level diplomatic engagements and dialogues focused on trade, energy, education, and defense, among other issues.
This half-day conference examines how the US-Pakistan relationship can and should be realistically crafted against the backdrop of multiple challenging developments. Speakers will include US and Pakistani officials, scholars, analysts, investors, business leaders, and prominent Pakistan diaspora members. They will offer perspectives on how best to steer the relationship, with specific focus on security and counterterrorism, trade and investment, tech and innovation, great power competition, and climate change and humanitarian assistance, among other issues.
This conference is organized by the Wilson Center’s South Asia Institute in partnership with International Academy of Letters USA, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote cooperation through dialogue, the arts, and diplomacy.
This is an in-person event. A light lunch will be available after the event.
You can click on the word agenda above to see a detailed schedule for the event.
Michael Kugelman, Director, South Asia Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center 
Ghazanfar Hashmi, President, International Academy of Letters USA 
Address by Elizabeth Horst, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pakistan, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. State Department
Address by Masood Khan, Pakistani Ambassador to the United States
Chair: Michael Kugelman, Director, South Asia Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

Hassan Abbas, Distinguished Professor, National Defense University
Security and Counterterrorism
Esperanza Gomes Jelalian, President, U.S.-Pakistan Business Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Trade and Investment
Kalsoom Lakhani, Co-founder and General Partner, i2i Ventures
Tech and Innovation
Baqir Sajjad, Pakistan Fellow, the Wilson Center
Great Power Competition
Jumaina Siddiqui, Program Director, Global Security and International Affairs, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Climate Change and Humanitarian Assistance
Chair: Michael Kugelman, Director, South Asia Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

Ambereen Mirza, President, OPEN Global
Rick Khan, Former Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
Nasruddin Rupani, Chairman, Rupani Foundation
Asaf Qadeer, Former Director, APPNA and political analyst
Chair: Ghazanfar Hashmi, President, International Academy of Letters USA
Thank you for coming
The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more
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