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Pakistan and Afghanistan: Relations, Diplomacy, and Security Challenges

A Dialogue between the Ambassadors of Pakistan and Afghanistan in Washington, D.C.

June 19, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- The ambassadors of Afghanistan and Pakistan to the United Sates, H.E. Dr. Hamdullah Mohib and H.E. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, discussed their countries’ common interests and the challenges to their important bilateral relationship. A strengthened relationship between Pakistan-Afghanistan is of critical concern to the future of both countries and to their region’s peace, stability, and prosperity. It also figures importantly for American strategic interests. The candid discussion was hosted by INDUS and moderated by Dr. Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute. Dr. Marvin Weinbaum is a member of the INDUS Academia Panel. 


Speaker Biographies


H.E. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States

Presently serving as Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States of America since March 2017. Ambassador Chaudhry served as Foreign Secretary of Pakistan from December 2013 to March 2017. Prior to this, he served as the Foreign Office Spokesman. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Additional Foreign Secretary for UN and Disarmament Affairs, and Director General for relations with South Asian countries, in which capacity he has remained closely associated with the peace process with India. H.E Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry served as Ambassador of Pakistan to the Netherlands, where he engaged in active public diplomacy in cooperation with Pakistani community to win friends for Pakistan. He also authored a book “Pakistan mirrored to Dutch eyes” published by Sangemeel publications. He has also served as Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York, Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary General of ECO in Tehran, and Pakistan Embassies in Washington, Doha and Cairo.


H.E. Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States

Before being appointed Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib served as Deputy Chief of Staff to H.E. the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The role included oversight of the spokesperson’s office, the office of correspondence and diplomatic communications, protocol office, petitions office, and the Presidential secretariat. During his tenure at the Presidential Palace, his role involved liaison with governmental counterparts and drafting of bilateral and multilateral agreements. Dr. Mohib also engaged in the substantive preparation and implementation of official presidential visits to Azerbaijan, Belgium, China, Germany, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States as part of the administration’s strategy for geopolitical and economic integration. Dr. Mohib led the presidential negotiating team for several inter-government cooperation agreements and the formulation of Afghanistan’s national development “Realizing Self-Reliance” reform strategy.


Dr. Marvin Weinbaum, Moderator

Dr. Marvin Weinbaum of INDUS Academic panel is a scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute and professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He served as analyst for Pakistan and Afghanistan in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 1999 to 2003. His research, teaching, and consultancies have focused on issues of national security, state building, democratization, and political economy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is the author or editor of six books and has written more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Weinbaum was awarded Fulbright Research Fellowships for Egypt and Afghanistan and was a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.

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