Jul 11

Past Event

Opportunities and Challenges in Pakistan’s Foreign Policy

Event Materials



  • Peace and Security Values

    Quershi says that Pakistan embraces the ideals of peace and security, saying that they''re the foundation for his country''s relationships with its neighbors and the global community.

  • On Middle East Peace

    Foreign Minister Quereshi stressed the need for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, saying it is an imperative that the international community lends its support in this effort.

  • Helping Afghanistan

    Quershi says the problems in Afghanistan are multi-faceted and that Pakistan is working to help its western neighbor deal with the strife plaguing its people and government.

  • Stephen Cohen

    The world, Cohen says, wants to see Pakistan meet its many challenges. He says bilateral cooperation and support are critical for the country’s success.

    Stephen P. Cohen


As Pakistan emerges from tumultuous national elections and continues to address tensions on its western frontier, the nation faces several domestic and foreign policy challenges—and opportunities—in the months ahead. Pakistan’s new prime minister is expected to diverge from the policies of President Pervez Musharraf, attempting to tackle complicated issues within Pakistan and beyond. With these changes and with the upcoming U.S. election in November, the U.S.-Pakistan relationship and the future of the war in Afghanistan will be reshaped in light of new realities in all three countries.

On July 11, the Brookings Institution hosted Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the foreign minister of Pakistan, for a discussion of Pakistan’s foreign policy. Qureshi, a member of the Pakistan People’s Party, assumed the post of foreign minister in March 2008. He previously served as parliamentary secretary of food and agriculture from 1993 to 1994, and minister of state for parliamentary affairs from 1994 to 1996. Prior to that, he served as member of the provincial assembly of Punjab.

Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel, convener of Brookings’s Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion. After Foreign Minister Qureshi’s remarks, Brookings Senior Fellow Stephen P. Cohen offered his observations on the situation in Pakistan. After the program, the foreign minister took audience questions.

Event Agenda


July 11, 2008

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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