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The Future of US-Pakistan Relations

Date & Time

Apr. 27, 2023
9:30am – 1:00pm ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online



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 examined how the US-Pakistan relationship can and should be realistically crafted against the backdrop of multiple challenging developments. Speakers included US and Pakistani officials, scholars, analysts, investors, business leaders, and prominent Pakistan diaspora members. They offered 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 was 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.

You can click on the word agenda above to see a detailed schedule for the event.


Michael Kugelman

Michael Kugelman

Director, South Asia Institute
A photo of Ghazanfar Hashmi

Ghazanfar Hashmi

President, International Academy of Letters USA

Keynote Speakers

A photo of Elizabeth Horst

Elizabeth Horst

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pakistan, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. State Department
A photo of Masood Khan

Masood Khan

Pakistani Ambassador to the United States


A photo of Hassan Abbas

Hassan Abbas

Distinguished Professor, National Defense University
A photo of Esperanza Gomez Jelalian

Esperanza Gomez Jelalian

President, U.S.-Pakistan Business Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
A photo of Kalsoom Lakhani

Kalsoom Lakhani

Co-founder and General Partner, i2i Ventures
Baqir Sajjad

Baqir Sajjad

Former Wilson Center Pakistan Fellow;
Diplomatic and National Security Correspondent, Dawn Newspaper
A photo of Jumaina Siddiqui

Jumaina Siddiqui

Program Director, Global Security and International Affairs, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
A photo of Ambereen Mirza

Ambereen Mirza

President, OPEN Global
A photo of Rick Khan

Rick Khan

Former Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
A photo of Nasruddin Rupani

Nasruddin Rupani

Chairman, Rupani Foundation
A photo of Asaf Qadeer

Asaf Qadeer

Former Director, APPNA and Political Analyst

Hosted By

Indo-Pacific Program

The Indo-Pacific Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on US 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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