Oct 20

Past Event

The United States and Pakistan: Partners in Development

Event Materials



  • Critical Flood Aid

    Rajiv Shah, USAID: U.S. assistance to flood ravaged Pakistan has been critical as the nation strives to stem hunger and fight disease; it has also created incentives for local merchants to play a part in the recovery effort.

    Martin S. Indyk

  • Unwavering Support for Pakistan

    Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Department of State: The U.S. is unwavering in its support of Pakistan as the South Asian country confronts terrorism, threadbare relations with neighboring countries and a variety of critical issues.

    Martin S. Indyk

  • US-Pakistan Relationship Must Hold

    Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister of Pakistan: In the face of terrorism, the global economic crisis and a devastating flood; the decades-old relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. must be maintained.

    Martin S. Indyk

  • Billions in Non-Military Aid

    Shah Mahmood Qureshi: The Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill provides Pakistan with billions of dollars in non-military aid, but Pakistan also needs a free trade agreement with the U.S. to help build its economy and fortify the nation.

    Martin S. Indyk


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The U.S. has been supporting Pakistan in both combating terrorism and flood recovery and relief efforts with massive amounts of security and disaster assistance funds. While challenges remain, the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, which is meeting for the third time this year October 20-22, represents the shared commitment of the U.S. and Pakistan to transforming the bilateral relationship into a broad partnership capable of addressing challenges as they arise.

On October 20, Foreign Policy at Brookings and the Asia Society hosted Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi for an address on U.S.-Pakistan cooperation through the strategic dialogue framework and the ongoing efforts to simultaneously fight terrorism and provide disaster relief under extremely difficult conditions. After his remarks, Foreign Minister Qureshi was joined by Richard Holbrooke, special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Rajiv Shah, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Martin Indyk, vice president and director of Foreign Policy, provided welcome and introductory remarks. Steve Coll, president of the New America Foundation, moderated the discussion. After the program, the participants took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Welcome Remarks and Introduction

  • Moderator

    • Steve Coll


      New America Foundation

  • Featured Speaker

    • Shah Mahmood Qureshi

      Foreign Minister of Pakistan

  • Discussants

    • Richard Holbrooke

      Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

      U.S. Department of State

    • Rajiv Shah


      U.S. Agency for International Development


October 20, 2010

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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