Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Vali Nasr looks at the mounting strains in the relationship between the U.S., Pakistan, and Afghanistan, in conversation with Saeed Shafqat, an expert in South Asian studies and former Columbia University professor. Moderated by Georgetown University's Christine Fair."
Dr. Christine Fair
Christine Fair is a senior research associate in United States Institute of Peace's (USIP) Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, where she specializes in South Asian political and military affairs.
Prior to joining USIP in April 2004, she was an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Much of her research has been concerned with security competition between India and Pakistan, Pakistan's internal security, analyses of the causes of terrorism, and U.S. strategic relations with India and Pakistan.
She has conducted several analyses for the U.S. government, including an assessment of Indo-U.S. army-to-army relations; an examination of political Islam and its recent developments in Pakistan and Iran; and a comparative study of urban terrorism and state responses in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and India.
Vali Nasr is Senior Adjunct Fellow on the Middle East for the Council on Foreign Relations.
Additionally he is Professor of Middle East and South Asia Politics and Associate Chair of Research at the Department of National Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Professor Saeed Shafqat obtained M.A. (Geography) from the Punjab University. He has M.A. (South Asian Studies) and Ph.D. (Political Science) from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He is a founder member and former Chairman of the Department of Pakistan Studies established in 1973 at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He has served as Chief Instructor and Warden (1988-2001), Pakistan Civil Services Academy, Lahore. Over this period, he imparted instruction and training to over 1,500 under training officers (federal civil servants) who are now serving in different branches of government all over Pakistan. He has been President (1990), Institute of Regional Studies Islamabad (and retains the distinction of being the only academic/professional to head that research organization).