In attempt to increase awareness and understanding of global issues, the Wesleyan International Relations Association created a forum to allow top academics and commentators to discuss global issues with the Wesleyan community. This year, the 33-member association is hosting a conference titled “Deciphering Pakistan and U.S.-Pakistan Relations,” Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
“This year we’re focusing on Pakistan because of the strategic importance of the region,” says association founder and president Ali Chaudhry ’12. “We feel that it is a country that most people are interested in learning about. However, many people do not have enough information about Pakistan, which often leads people to make presumptions about it.”
The conference aims to increase understanding and awareness about Pakistan from its culture to its politics. The conference will also focus on U.S.-Pakistan relations, which have both strained and strengthened after 9-11. The conference’s speakers are among the top commentators, officials and scholars on Pakistan and US-Pakistan relations, and the event will be open to the students, faculty and the larger public.
Panelists and guest speakers include:
Shahid Javed Burki is a professional economist who has served as Finance Minister of Pakistan and as a Vice President of the World Bank. He has written extensively on economic development and on the political history of Pakistan.
Ambassador Howard B. Schaffer is a retired American Foreign Service officer who spent much of his 36-year career dealing with U.S. relations with South Asia.
Asim Khwaja is the Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School