US Priorities in South Asia Beyond 2014: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: October 8, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Location: WIIS Global
1111 19th Street NW (12th floor)
Washinton, DC 20036

Women In International Security, in collaboration with Georgetown University, hosted a panel discussion on the precarious regional stability of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India and its implications for U.S. foreign policy.

Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are experiencing political transition that have impacted U.S. policy in the region. While Afghanistan's elections were an initial success, the stand off between the two presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, has poised Afghanistan upon a precarious political perch. Simultaneously, the United States and its allies are preparing the way to draw down in the war-torn country. Meanwhile in Pakistan, the Nawaz Sharif government has come under pressure in spite of winning a decisive majority in the May 2013 elections. Some analysts suspect the army is behind the latest agitations to weaken the Sharif government to ensure its continued role in state affairs and combat recent gains in democratization in the state. In India, the most recent general elections led to the inauguration of a known Hindu nationalist, Narendra Modi, as Prime Minister.

How are these political developments effecting stability in the region generally and what are their impacts on U.S. interests in particular? Panelists discussed these important regional developments and explored future interests and strategies.

Panelists:

Dr. Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation

Dr. Christine Fair, Assistant Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat (Moderator), President, Women In International Security