The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and LUMS jointly organized an annual conference in Washington, DC, on April 16–17. The conference brought together leading scholars and policy experts to explore the dynamics that are likely to shape Pakistan’s political stability, its economic progress, and its relationship with the neighbouring countries and the United States.
The conference had four panels. The first panel was on “Pakistan’s Political Futures: Shaping the State”. Madiha Afzal, Laila Bushra, Asma Faiz, and Yasser Qureshi made presentations that were moderated by Shamila Chaudhary.
The second panel comprised three distinguished former American ambassadors—Richard Boucher, Robin Raphael, and Shirin Tahir-Kheli—who spoke on “U.S.-Pakistan Relations in the ‘America First’ Era: Learning from the Past”.
The third panel featured Sameer Lalwani, Tanvi Madan, Daniel Markey, Olga Oliker, and Rasul Bakhsh Rais and was moderated by Ryan Evans.
The fourth panel on “Pakistan’s Economic Futures: Stability and Innovation” addressed a wide range of issues and featured Mehmood Khan, Imtiaz ul Haq, Hassan Abbas Khan, and Abubakr Muhammad—with Johannes Urpelainen as the moderator.
The conference was capped with a talk by Aizaz Chaudhry, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States. He spoke on “Pakistan’s Place in the World”.