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The Future of South Asia

A Regional Approach to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India

On Tuesday, November 9, the New America Foundation hosted a day-long, invitation-only, on-the-record conference on the future of South Asia with some of the world’s leading experts on Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The conference immediately followed President Obama’s visit to India and preceded the formal review of the president’s Afghan strategy. The panelists provided helpful context on these, and other issues about the future of South Asia.

In addition, two New America Foundation papers are were released at the event:

 

If you are interested in viewing any of the panel discussions, you can access the video of each panel on the agenda below.

Agenda

9:00am to 9:15am - Welcome/Introductions

Steve Coll
President, New America Foundation
Author, Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

9:15am to 10:45am - Panel I: The Insurgencies in Afghanistan and Pakistan
(Video of the Introduction and Panel I)

On the Haqqani Network
David Rohde
Correspondent, New York Times
Author, A Rope and a Prayer (forthcoming)

On the Quetta shura and the insurgency in southern Afghanistan
Anand Gopal
Freelance journalist
Author, "The Battle for Afghanistan: Militancy and Conflict in Kandahar"
Author of a forthcoming book on America's war in Afghanistan

On the insurgency in eastern Afghanistan
Michael Waltz
Major, United States Army Reserve
Special Adviser for South Asia and Counterterrorism to the Vice President

On al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Philip Mudd
Senior Research Fellow, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation
Former Deputy Director, FBI National Security Branch

Moderator
Susan Glasser
Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Policy Magazine
 

10:45am to 12:15pm - Panel II: Pakistan’s Strategic Outlook
(Video of Panel II)

On the Taliban
Inspector General Malik Naveed Khan
Former Inspector General (Pakistani Police), one of the leaders of the anti-Taliban fight in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province

On the state of the Pakistan-American alliance
Bruce Riedel
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Author, Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America and the Future of the Global Jihad (forthcoming)

On Pakistan's military
Shuja Nawaz
Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council of the United States
Author, Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within

On Pakistan's nuclear weapons program
Jeffrey Lewis
Director, East Asia Nonproliferation Program, the Monterey Institute of International Studies
Author of the New America Foundation paper, "Managing the Danger from Pakistan's Nuclear Stockpile"

Moderator
Peter Bergen
Co-Director, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation
Author, The Longest War: America and al-Qaeda Since 9/11 (forthcoming)

12:15pm to 12:45pm - Lunch Break

12:45pm to 1:15pm - Keynote Address
(Video of Keynote Address)

Ambassador Arun K. Singh
Deputy Chief of Mission
Embassy of India, Washington

1:15pm to 2:15pm - Panel III: South Asia: The The Great Game Revisited
(Video of Panel III)

On India and its vision for the region
Steve Coll
President, New America Foundation
Author, Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

On China's role in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Masood Aziz
Former Afghan diplomat in Washington, D.C.
Author, The New Silk Road: Transport and Trade in Greater Central Asia

On the regional players
Gerard Russell
Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard University
Former British Government Director of Outreach to the Muslim World

Moderator
Peter Bergen
Co-Director, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation
Author, The Longest War: America and al-Qaeda Since 9/11 (forthcoming)

2:15pm to 3:30pm - Panel IV: Regional Perspectives on the United States
(Video of Panel IV)

On the drone war
Peter Bergen
Co-Director, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation
Author, The Longest War: America and al-Qaeda Since 9/11 (forthcoming)

On public opinion in Pakistan and Afghanistan
Ken Ballen
President
Terror Free Tomorrow

On civilian casualties in Afghanistan
Erica Gaston
Human Rights lawyer, Open Society Foundations

On Pakistan's view of the United States
Wajahat Ali
South Asia Research Fellow
New America Foundation

On extremist media
Daniel Kimmage
Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Policy Institute
Former Senior Correspondent/Geopolitics Analyst, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Moderator
Patrick Doherty
New America Foundation

3:30pm to 5:15pm - Panel V: Reconciliation with the Taliban and Afghan Politics and Economics
(Video of Panel V)

On negotiations with the Taliban
Michael Semple
Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard University
Former Deputy to the European Union Special Representative for Afghanistan

On negotiations with the Taliban
Richard Barrett
Coordinator
Al Qaeda/Taliban Monitoring Team, United Nations

On the future of the Afghan economy
Bijan Kian
Board Member
Export-Import Bank of the United States

On the future of the Afghan state
Clare Lockhart
CEO, The Institute for State Effectiveness
Co-Author, Fixing Failed States

On Afghanistan's Security
M. Ashraf Haidari
Deputy Chief of Mission and Political Counselor
Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington D.C.

Moderator
Patrick Doherty
New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Event Photos

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