Crisis in Maldives: Implications for US Policy in the Indo- Pacific

March 15, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Washington, DC
The Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security invite you to a discussion about the ongoing political turmoil in the Maldives following President Abdulla Yameen’s implementation of a state of emergency. During this discussion former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Mr. Ahmed Naseem, will share his thoughts and perspectives on the political turmoil that has beset the island nation in recent weeks in context of evolving geopolitical shifts in the Indo - Pacific and its implications for US policy.
Please join us for this discussion on March 15, 2018 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Council. The event is open to press and on the record.

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Introduced by:
Mr. Barry Pavel
Director, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

A conversation with:
Mr. Ahmed Naseem
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Republic of Maldives
The Hon. Franklin Kramer
Distinguished Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

Moderated by:
Ms. Seema Sirohi
The Economic Times 


​Mr. Barry Pavel is senior vice president, Arnold Kanter chair, and director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, focusing on emerging security challenges, defense strategies and capabilities, and key European and global defense issues. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, he was a career member of the Senior Executive Service in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy for almost eighteen years. From October 2008 to July 2010, he served as the special assistant to the President and senior director for defense policy and strategy on the National Security Council (NSC) staff, serving both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. Prior to this position, Pavel was the chief of staff and principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict and interdependent capabilities. From October 1993 to November 2006, Pavel led or contributed to a broad range of defense strategy and planning initiatives for both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. Pavel holds an MA in security studies and an MPA in international relations from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, and a BA in applied mathematics and economics from Brown University. 

Mr. Ahmed Naseem is the former minister of state for foreign affairs in the Republic of Maldives. Joining government service in early 1967, as a secretary at the Foreign Office, later a secretary and an undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Fisheries respectively, Naseem represented the Maldives at the United Nations and led the Maldives delegation once. He was posted as a first secretary to the Embassy of Maldives in Washington DC. Later from 1998 to 2005 Naseem served the government as the director general of Investments at the Foreign Investment Services Bureau. Naseem served the government as the deputy minister of Fisheries in the late 1970s. A diplomat by training, Naseem is the author of several articles on liberal democracy, and presently contributes regularly to the independent media in the Maldives. He served privately in the development and management of the tourism industry of Maldives and introduced up-market tourism to Maldives with the development and opening of first luxury resort. Naseem joined the Maldivian Democratic Party in 2005 and has represented the party in the United Kingdom, European Union and the United States of America. Naseem also served on the Board of Directors for the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies based in Colombo, Sri Lanka and the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry, MATI. Naseem was appointed as the minister of state for Foreign Affairs on 13 November 2008. After serving as the state minister for more than two years, Naseem was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on 11 April 2011. Born in 1948, he was educated in Colombo at HSC, Wesley College and obtained two diplomas, one in diplomatic studies in Australia and the other a diploma in conflict resolution and arbitration in Singapore. 

The Honorable Franklin D. Kramer is a national security and international affairs expert and has multiple appointments, including as a member of the Atlantic Council Board of Directors and also a member of its Strategic Advisors Group. Kramer has been a senior political appointee in two administrations, including as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs for President Clinton, Secretary Perry, and Secretary Cohen; and as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. In the nonprofit world, Kramer is a distinguished fellow at CNA, which operates the Center for Naval Analysis and the Institute for Public Research; is chairman of the board of the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC; is a capstone professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University; and has been a distinguished research fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy of the National Defense University. In the private sector, Kramer is a director and consultant and has been a partner at the law firm of Shea and Gardner. Among his current activities, Kramer is the principal editor and has written several chapters for the book Cyberpower and National Security, led the study on and is the principal author of Civil Power in Irregular Conflict, and is the coauthor and was co-project director of Transatlantic Cooperation for Sustainable Energy Security. At the George Washington University, he teaches a course entitled "The Department of Defense and Winning Modern War." He has written numerous articles on international affairs. Kramer received a BA cum laude from Yale University and a JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Ms. Seema Sirohi is a Washington based US Correspondent for The Economic Times newspaper as well as a columnist for Gateway House. Ms. Sirohi specializes in foreign policy. As a journalist, she has covered India-US relations for more than two decades for The Telgraph, Outlook and Anand Bazar Patrika, writing on topics ranging from geo-politics and the North-South divide to Pakistan and Afghanistan. She has reported from various nations around the globe, such as Italy, Israel and Pakistan and published opinion pieces in The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor and The Baltimore Sun. She was also a commentator with National Public Radio and has made various appearances with BBC and CNN.  Apart from her career as an analyst and journalist, as an author, she has published a book titled Sita’s Curse: Stories of Dowry Victims (HarperCollins India) in 2003. She received her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and studied sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University.