Kashmir in India-Pakistan Relations: Is Peace Possible?

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LECTURE CANCELLED: President Masood Khan and Dr. Aparna Pande in conversation with Ambassador Robin Raphel
January 10th, 2018 at at 1pm at The New York City Bar Association (42 West 44th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue)

We are working to schedule a make-up lecture date and will notify members accordingly. 

President Masood Khan

President of Pakistan's Azad Jammu and Kashmir territory

Mr. Sardar Masood Khan was appointed president of the Pakistani state of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 2016. At the time of his appointment, Mr. Masood was the director general of the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad.

Previously, Mr. Masood was a diplomat in Pakistan’s foreign service. During his long and distinguished diplomatic career, he served as Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations from 2012 to 2015, including a term as president of the UN Security Council in January 2013.  He was Pakistan’s ambassador to China from 2008 to 2012, and Pakistan's permanent representative to UN Office in Geneva from 2005 to 2008, a position in which he served as Pakistan’s chief negotiator to nuclear security summits. Other diplomat postings included The Hague and Washington, D.C., where Khan served as spokesman for the Pakistan Foreign Office; and New York City where Khan held various positions with the United Nations. Director General for United Nations, Disarmament, [what is this?  Is it the UN Disarmament Commission?] Geneva for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation; and Director General for East Asia and the Pacific. 

Before joining the diplomatic corps, Mr. Masood worked as a television newscaster and anchor. He speaks fluent English and Urdu as well as Chinese.

Dr. Aparna Pande

Research Fellow & Director of Hudson Institute's Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia 

Aparna Pande is director of the Hudson Institute's Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia. She is also a fellow at the research organization’s Center on Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World at the Hudson Institute. Her main areas of interest are the foreign and security policy of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Dr. Pande is the author of Explaining Pakistan's Foreign Policy: Escaping India and From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India's Foreign Policy. She is also the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Pakistan. Dr. Pande contributes regularly to a number of publications, including The Weekly Standard, Huffington Post, Real Clear World, and Times of India.

A 1993 graduate of Delhi University, Dr. Pande has a Master of Arts degree in history from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, and a Master of Philosophy in international relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. She was also awarded a doctorate in political science from Boston University in 2004. 

Ambassador Robin Raphel

Former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia