As part of a series of IISS events in New York City, this discussion examined Pakistan's role in the region, including in counter-terrorism and the current tensions in relations with the United States.
This discussion featured two prominent stateswomen who have been at the forefront of US–Pakistan relations for many years. Maleeha Lodhi currently serves as Pakistan’s representative to the United Nations. Robin Raphel is a renowned former diplomat who last served as US coordinator for non-military assistance to Pakistan.
This event was chaired by Rick Grove, President, US Friends of the IISS. It took place at the First Floor Conference Center of One Grand Central Place, 60 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10165.
Maleeha Lodhi is the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations. Previously, she served as envoy to the Court of St James and twice as ambassador to the United States. Before and in between her diplomatic assignments, she was a scholar and a journalist by profession. In 1994, she was named by Time magazine as one of a hundred people in the world who will help shape the 21st century.
Robin Raphel started her career as a lecturer at Damavand College in Tehran, and later joined the Foreign Service, focusing on South Asia. In 1993, she was the nation's first Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs. She later served as ambassador to Tunisia and Vice President of the National Defense University. After retiring from the State Department, she returned as a senior adviser on Pakistan. Her most recent diplomatic engagement turned her into a cause celebre, as recounted by the Wall Street Journal in a 2 December 2016 story entitled ‘The Last Diplomat’.