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Looking Back, Looking Forward: Assessing the US-Pakistan Relationship

Date & Time

Jun. 26, 2024
9:30am – 1:00pm ET


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online



Nearly three years after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the US-Pakistan relationship remains in a state of uncertainty. The relationship is largely crisis-free, but still in search of new spaces for cooperation. It’s also struggling to find its place in a world consumed by intensifying great power competition, conflict in Ukraine and Gaza, and growing instability in the Middle East. Still, despite all this, the relationship has seen increased engagement of late in areas ranging from climate change to counterterrorism.

This half-day conference took stock of US-Pakistan relations, drawing on the views of senior officials, a group of former US ambassadors to Pakistan, journalists, scholars, business leaders, and Pakistan diaspora figures. It reflected on how past experiences can help guide US policymakers working on the relationship today, and examined prospects for future cooperation—and how to get there.

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.

Keynote Speakers

A photo of Masood Khan

Masood Khan

Pakistani Ambassador to the United States

Sada Cumber

Former U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)


Michael Kugelman

Michael Kugelman

Director, South Asia Institute
A photo of Ghazanfar Hashmi

Ghazanfar Hashmi

President, International Academy of Letters USA


David Hale

David Hale

Global Fellow;
Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; Former Ambassador to Pakistan, Lebanon, and Jordan

Cameron Munter

Former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (2010-2012)

Anne Patterson

Former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan (2007-2010)

Pamela Constable

Former Public Policy Scholar;
Freelance Writer, and Former Pakistan and Afghanistan Bureau Chief, The Washington Post

Shahid Hashmi

Entrepreneur and President, First Health Bank Holdings USA
Ishrat Husain

Ishrat Husain

Global Fellow;
Former Governor of Pakistan's Central Bank, and Former Adviser to the Pakistani Prime Minister
A photo of Asaf Qadeer

Asaf Qadeer

Director, International Academy of Letters USA

Marvin Weinbaum

Director, Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies, Middle East Institute

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

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

The Kissinger Institute works to ensure that China policy serves American long-term interests and is founded in understanding of historical and cultural factors in bilateral relations and in accurate assessment of the aspirations of China’s government and people.  Read more

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