In 2022, devastating floods placed Pakistan at the forefront of the climate crisis, with more than 33 million people impacted and $40 billion in estimated damages and economic losses. Amid ongoing energy shortages and water stress, constraints on the country's development options are amplified by substantial regional geopolitical tensions.
On January 26 at Baker Hall, experts discussed how Pakistan can reconcile its energy and water security while facing geopolitical turmoil, and in particular how the country’s relationships with its neighbors influence its development and diplomacy. The conversation opened with remarks by His Excellency Masood Khan, ambassador of Pakistan to the United States.
Pakistani barrister and author Dawood Ghazanavi delivered a lecture on the current situation in Pakistan, followed by a conversation between Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs Gabriel Collins and Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen on the importance of the country’s water conflicts, energy security and geopolitical relationships in the midst of climate disaster. Zahra Jamal, associate director of the Boniuk Institute at Rice University, moderated.
This event was free and open to the public.
The event was sponsored by the Baker Institute's Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East and Center for Energy Studies. Follow @Baker_EPDCtrME and @CES_Baker_Inst on Twitter, and join the conversation with #BakerPakistan.
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5:30 pm — Reception
6:00 pm — Lecture
6:40 pm — Panel Discussion
7:10 pm — Audience Q&A
His Excellency Masood Khan
Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States
Barrister, Supreme Court of Pakistan
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Ph.D.
Fellow for the Middle East, Baker Institute
Gabriel Collins, J.D.
Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs, Baker Institute
Zahra Jamal, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Boniuk Institute