Asia Program


Media Briefing: PM Sharif Visits Washington

October 21, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Podcast (Audio-only): 
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After completing the first transition from one democratically elected government to another in Pakistan’s history, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will travel to Washington on October 23 to meet with President Obama. This visit marks no exception to the long-strained relations between the two allies, and a struggling economy and heightened extremist violence highlight significant domestic problems facing Pakistan. Wilson Center experts answered questions and provide analysis on U.S.-Pakistan relations and Pakistan’s future.


Robert Hathaway
Director, Asia Program at the Wilson Center

Farahnaz Ispahani
 Wilson Center Scholar

Former member of Pakistan’s Parliament and media advisor to President Zardari

Read: The surrender to religious cleansing (Daily Times, 10/14/13)

Khurram Husain
Pakistan Scholar at the Wilson Center [economics specialist]

Read: Cradle of power (Dawn, 10/10/13)


This briefing was conducted by phone. Full audio and transcript are available here.

Event Speakers List: 
  • Robert Hathaway // Public Policy Fellow
    Former Director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Farahnaz Ispahani // Public Policy Scholar
    Former Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan.
  • Khurram Husain // Pakistan Scholar
    Freelance Business and Economy Journalist
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