Faculty, Students, Leaders Discuss U.S.-Pakistan Relations

The Wesleyan International Relations Association hosted a conference titled “Deciphering Pakistan and U.S.-Pakistan Relations,” Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Top academics and commentators discussed global issues with the Wesleyan community. Pictured in foreground is Michael Williams, visiting assistant professor of government and congressional candidate and panel member.

The conference focused on U.S.-Pakistan relations, which have both strained and strengthened after 9-11. Faculty and students attended the event. Pictured are Elizabeth Damaskos ’12 and Zainab Khan ’13.

Shahid Javed Burki, former vice president of World Bank and former finance minister of Pakistan, is the chief executive officer of EMP Financial Advisors, LLC. He was the keynote speaker and led a panel discussion on Pakistan’s internal dynamics.

Peter Rutland, the Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, professor of government, speaks to Justin Pena ’12.

Conference attendee Zuha Shaikh enjoys conversation. The event was organized in collaboration with the Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative and Wesleyan South Asian Studies Faculty.

International Relations Association founder and president Ali Chaudhry ’12 and Kumail Akbar ’12 helped organize the event. The association donated all proceeds to the Flood Relief Initiative. (Photos by Charlotte Christopher ’12)