Since 9/11, the U.S. and Pakistan have collaborated on regional security issues.
However, the recent replacement of Pervez Musharraf by President Zardari and an impending change in the White House promise a new era of both opportunities and challenges.
Joeck, a leading expert on both South Asian and nuclear issues who served on the White House staff, will examine the U.S.-Pakistan relationship- The Commonwealth Club of California
Neil Joeck is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
He served from 2004 to 2005 as Director for Counterproliferation Strategy at the National Security Council. Dr. Joeck was primarily responsible for India and Pakistan proliferation issues, but also worked on the Bush-Putin Bratislava summit, the Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference, and Department of Homeland Security and multilateral regime (CWC, BWC, MTCR) issues.
From 2001-2003, he was a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State, where he was responsible for the India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and nuclear proliferation portfolios. He received the Meritorious Honor Award, and the Policy Planning staff the Superior Honor Award, for work on Afghanistan following September 11.
Neil Joeck believes that before a peaceful relationship with Pakistan can be established, the U.S. should, among other strategies, focus on winning the war in Afghanistan, drawing in NATO, and reforming Pakistan's economy.