Media Diplomacy: Challenging the Indo-Pak Narrative

July 24, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th St NW (12th Floor)
Washington, DC, DC


Media Diplomacy: Challenging the Indo-Pak Narrative


A conversation with:

Senator Mushahid Hussain 
Member of the Pakistani Senate
Former Minister of Information and Media Broadcasting 

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Minister Manish Tewari
Former Indian Minister of Information and Broadcasting 
Republic of India

Introduced and Moderated by:

Dr. Bharath Gopalaswamy
Director, South Asia Center 
Atlantic Council

The dominant national narratives in India and Pakistan fuel tensions between the two nations. Journalists and social media users play a critical role in crafting hostile public opinions and inciting further animosity.

Please join the Atlantic Council for a conversation to discuss the influence of media on public perception in India and Pakistan. In a discussion introduced and moderated by Dr. Bharath Gopalaswamy, director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, Senator Mushahid Hussain and Minister Manish Tewari will address the role of media in shaping debates emanating from India and Pakistan.

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record.

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Senator Mushahid Hussain is a journalist, geo-strategist, politician, and an avid writer who serves as a member of the Pakistani Senate and the chairman of Senate’s Committee on Defence. Hussain has been in office since 2012. Previously, he served as a member of the Federal Cabinet. At age twenty-nine, he became the youngest editor of a national English-language daily publication, The Muslim, published from the capital Islamabad, which was respected for its independent positions. Syed received his BA from the Forman Christian College followed by an MA from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


Minister Manish Tewari is a distinguished senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. He is a practicing lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and the managing partner of Minister Tewari and Associates, a law firm based in New Delhi. Minister Tewari was formerly a member of the Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha) and the union minister of information and broadcasting for the Government of India. He is the national spokesperson of the Indian National Congress. Previously, he was a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committees of External Affairs, Law and Justice, and Defence. He also served on the Parliamentary Consultative Committees of the Ministries of Defence and Law and Justice. He is also secretary of the Foreign Affairs Department of the Indian National Congress (INC). 


Dr. Bharath Gopalaswamy is the director of the South Asia Center. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Gopalaswamy managed the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he oversaw developing projects on South Asian security issues. He has held research appointments with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and with Cornell University's Judith Reppy Institute of Peace and Conflict studies. Dr. Gopalaswamy holds a PhD in mechanical engineering with a specialization in numerical acoustics from Trinity College, Dublin. In addition to his studies abroad, he has previously worked at the Indian Space Research Organization's High Altitude Test Facilities and the EADS Astrium GmbH division in Germany.