Tuesday, January 15th: The Democratic Journey of Pakistan

The Democratic Journey of Pakistan
Asia Society New York (725 Park Ave., Manhattan)
6pm
$15 in advance

Pakistan and the South Asian region, already vulnerable to the threat of extremism, runs the risk of a further security degradation as NATO and U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014. As the U.S. public becomes increasingly impatient with respect to the Afghanistan conflict, how can Pakistan’s government effectively clamp down on extremist elements within its own borders, while also keeping diplomatic channels with the U.S. and other global powers open? To provide clarity toward these issues, Her Excellency Hina Rabbani Khar, Foreign Minister of Pakistan, will discuss the U.S.— Pakistan relationship, concerns regarding Afghanistan, and the regional terrorism threat.

Foreign Minister Khar, who is a business woman by profession, hails from one of the least-developed parts of Pakistan. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences and obtained a Master of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Foreign Minister Khar has served as Minister of State for Economic Affairs for three years and as Minister of State for Finance & Economic Affairs for another two years. During these years, she was the lead person in Pakistan’s economic diplomacy, both bilateral and multilateral. She successfully conducted four Pakistan Development Forums and the third World Islamic Economic Forum.

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