At a critical juncture in U.S.-Pakistan relations, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA) will host Husain Haqqani, the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States.
Pakistan is a key player in the war against terrorism and an important strategic partner for the United States—fighting militants in the Pakistani tribal belt and cooperating with NATO in the war in Afghanistan. However, the relationship between Pakistan and the United States has not been without its problems. As Pakistan faces domestic challenges, from ensuring its own internal security to building the infrastructure needed for its economic development, what can be done to improve this vital bilateral relationship?
Before becoming ambassador, Haqqani served as adviser to Pakistani prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto and as Pakistan ambassador to Sri Lanka.
In addition to his governmental roles, Haqqani has been a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute where he co-chaired their Islam and Democracy Project and was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.