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The U.S.-Pakistan Rollercoaster: Tenuous Negotiations and Fragile Ties

Event: September 26, 2011, San Francisco

Monday, September 26, 2011

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Asia Foundation

Haydn Williams Conference Room

465 California Street, 8th Floor

San Francisco, CA

Cost: Free; Please reply with your name, title, and affiliation by September 16th: [email protected]

Doors will open for registration at 5:45 p.m.

Speaker: Ambassador Teresita C. Schaffer is a non-resident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution and Senior Adviser to McLarty Associates. Ambassador Schaffer will reflect on the themes and styles that have characterized Pakistani negotiations with American civilian and military officials in recent times, both during the high points of close cooperation and the low points of deep bilateral estrangement. She will also explore the backlash and increased stress and volatility in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship since the capture of Osama bin Laden.

Ambassador Schaffer specialized in South Asia and international economics during her thirty-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, where she was recognized as one of the State Department’s leading experts on South Asia. She served in Islamabad  (1974-77) and New Delhi (1977-79), as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia (1989–92), as U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka (1992–95), and as Director of the Foreign Service Institute (1995–97). She created and directed the South Asia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies from 1998-2010. Her most recent book, which she will discuss during this session, is How Pakistan Negotiates with the United States.

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