2:00—4:30 PM
Center for Global Development
1800 Massachusetts Avenue< Nw
Third Floor
Washington, DC

Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Fixing the U.S. Approach to Development in Pakistan

Panel #1 – Getting Back on Track: A Focused Aid Strategy

Nancy Birdsall
Center for Global Development

Shuja Nawaz
Director of the South Asia Center
Atlantic Council of the United States

Michael Phelan
Senior Professional Staff Member
Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Moeed Yusuf
South Asia Adviser
United States Institute of Peace

Moderated by
David Sanger
Chief Washington Correspondent
New York Times

Panel #2 – The Economic Outlook: Going Beyond Aid to Spur Growth

Masood Ahmed
Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department
International Monetary Fund

Robert Mosbacher
Former President
Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Asad Umar
Pakistan Business Council

Moderated by
David Rothkopf
Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Closing Remarks by
Husain Haqqani
Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States

Fallout from the killing of Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani garrison town has prompted an anxious reassessment of all facets of the complex, troubled alliance between the United States and Pakistan. A new report from CGD’s Study Group on U.S. Development Strategy in Pakistan shines light on a crucial and too-often neglected aspect of the relationship: the aid, trade and investment policies that constitute America’s effort to support Pakistan’s development.
The group’s message is alarming, but with a note of optimism. Two years into a new approach to engagement with Pakistan, the authors write, the U.S. development program still lacks coherent priorities, tools to manage and adjust them as conditions require, and a system to measure and report progress. Yet there are signs that the program has laid the foundation to do better—and there is a window of opportunity now to refocus and strengthen the program.

The report authors will present the key findings and recommendations and invite comments and questions from a distinguished expert panel and members of the audience.


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