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Pakistan sits in a complex geopolitical position, serving as a bridge between South Asia and the Middle East. The country’s long-simmering conflict with India, the situation in neighboring Afghanistan, and political, economic and social development have all shaped Pakistan’s foreign policy. Historically, Pakistan’s relationship with the U.S. has been intermittently strategic, cooperative or cold. Still, the U.S.-Pakistan relationship is undeniably critical to regional and international security and stability.
At this Director’s Lecture Series event, His Excellency Syed Tariq Fatemi, minister of state and special assistant to the prime minister of Pakistan on foreign affairs, will address Pakistan’s foreign policy challenges and opportunities.
This event is co-sponsored by the Baker Institute and the Consulate General of Pakistan in Houston.
Director’s Lecture Series
The Director’s Lecture Series was created and endowed by Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian and Mrs. Françoise Djerejian to provide a specific forum for Baker Institute Roundtable members, faculty and students to engage in the most relevant and pressing issues we face today.
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His Excellency Syed Tariq Fatemi is minister of state and special assistant to the prime minister of Pakistan on foreign affairs. He served in the Pakistani diplomatic corps for more than 35 years, including as ambassador to the United States, to Jordan, to Belgium, to Luxembourg and to the European Union, before retiring in 2004. He has also served as additional foreign secretary for the Americas and Europe divisions and later worked in the prime minister's office, in charge of defense, defense production and foreign affairs. Later, he was promoted to federal secretary, the highest rank in the country's civil service.
Noon — Lunch
12:30 — Presentation