Pakistan Elections and Regional Stability: How Foreign Assistance Can Help

September 10, 2013 - 9:30 am

1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
Please join the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and International Relief and Development for a discussion entitled "Pakistan Elections and Regional Stability: How Foreign Assistance Can Help."

Pakistan's historic elections ushered in promises to improve security, address the energy crisis, tackle economic issues, and build a stronger and more prosperous Pakistan. Now three months into the new administration, the leadership has missed several opportunities and faces mounting challenges. Moreover, as the United States ends its active military engagement in Afghanistan, US interest in the country's stability and regional role take on special prominence, as these are keys to peace and long-term development. Currently, more than $1 billion of foreign aid per year has been appropriated but not yet disbursed for Pakistan's development efforts under the Kerry-Lugar Berman Act, due to end next year.

Panelists will provide their perspectives on steps the new government should take to build stability and the role foreign assistance may play in the process. The session will feature commentary on the current political and economic climate and the future of foreign assistance, followed by an expert panel and Q&A to dissect these issues.

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9:00 a.m. Registration

9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductory Remarks

9:50 a.m. Keynote
Amb. James Dobbins
Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
US Department of State

Mr. Larry Sampler
Assistant to the Administrator, Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs
US Agency for International Development

10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A
Shuja Nawaz
Director, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

Nancy Birdsall
Center for Global Development
Stephen Lennon
Asian/Near East Team Leader, Office of Transition Initiatives
US Agency for International Development

Tamanna Salikuddin
Director, Afghanistan and Pakistan
National Security Council

Michael Stanisich
Director, Crisis Response and Transition
International Relief and Development

11:30 a.m. Conclusion

Office of Afghanistan adn Pakistan Affairs


James Dobbins