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Wilson Center Asia Program Welcomes Two New Members to Advisory Board

Contact: Ryan McKenna
Phone: (202) 691-4217

March 24, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Asia Program of The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, Former Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States and the United Nations, and Ambassador Nirupama Rao, Former Indian Foreign Secretary and Ambassador of the Republic of India to the United States, as the newest members of its Advisory Board.

“The Wilson Center’s Asia Program has always had a strong base of expertise on South Asia,” said Abraham Denmark, Director of the Asia Program. “The addition of these two exceptional Ambassadors will bring our work on the region to a new level of excellence.”

Ambassador Lodhi said, “I look forward to being on the Board of Advisors and to contribute to its program and research, which I hope will encourage more diverse, scholarly work to be undertaken by the Asia Program at a time when our era is widely regarded as Asia’s century.”

Ambassador Rao said, “The Asia Program of the Wilson Center brings a remarkable focus to a dynamic and strategically crucial region that is a fulcrum for action that will determine the shape of global peace, security, and economic well-being. I am therefore privileged to join the Asia Program’s Board of Advisors.”

The Asia Program provides a forum in the nation's capital for enhancing deeper understanding of, and policy debate about, Asia. It seeks to furnish an intellectual link between the world of ideas and the world of policy on issues relating to Asia and U.S. interests in Asia. The Program organizes dozens of conferences and other meetings and produces several major publications every year, each featuring the work of Asia specialists ranging from distinguished scholars and prominent policymakers to journalists, entrepreneurs, and grassroots activists.

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