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U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Challenges and Opportunities

Recorded on February 6, 2007

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Last year's upsurge in Taliban violence in Afghanistan has raised questions in Washington about Pakistan's commitment to denying sanctuary for Taliban elements within its own borders. At the same time, President Musharraf is under pressure at home from a growing segment of the population that questions Pakistani anti-terrorism cooperation with the United States. Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema will help shed light on the complicating factors of the current situation and offer his thoughts on how the U.S. can forge a long-term relationship with Pakistan that encourages President Musharraf's stated goals of turning Pakistan into a prosperous, moderate, and modern state.

Dr. Cheema has been President of the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) since 2000 and has been a teacher for almost 28 years both inside Pakistan and abroad. In Pakistan he has taught at Government College (Lahore), Pakistan Administrative Staff College (Lahore) and Quaid-i-Azam University, (Islamabad). Abroad he has worked in various capacities, including as a Senior Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Scholar at the Australian National University (Australia), School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University (USA), Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). His articles have regularly appeared both in national as well as international academic journals, magazines and daily newspapers.