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A panel discussion titled “U.S., Afghanistan and Pakistan: Moving Forward”

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December 1, 2009


TO:                 Assignment editors, reporters

FROM:           Amy Lunday / 443-287-9960 / acl@jhu.edu

RE:                 A panel discussion titled “U.S., Afghanistan and Pakistan: Moving Forward”

WHEN:          Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.

WHERE:       Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, Charles Commons Ballroom, 33rd Street between North Charles and St. Paul streets in Baltimore

President Obama is scheduled tonight to announce his strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and in response, three student groups at Johns Hopkins have organized a panel discussion for Thursday night, reflecting the discussions happening nationwide on the topic. The Johns Hopkins College Democrats, along with their co-sponsors the College Republicans and the South Asian Students at Hopkins, will present “U.S., Afghanistan and Pakistan: Moving Forward,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3. The panelists will be Daniel Markey, senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, who is also a Johns Hopkins alumnus; Marvin Weinbaum, a scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute and a former Afghanistan and Pakistan analyst at the Bureau of Intelligence Research at the U.S. Department of State; and Stephen Cohen, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, who is considered to be the foremost scholar on the troubled region.

The event is free and open to the public. Members of the media are welcome to cover this event, which will offer reporters a chance to talk to undergraduates and hear their opinions on the conflicts in South Asia. To reach the students organizing this event, contact Daniel Barash, president of the JHU College Democrats, at DanielBarash@Gmail.com or 917-520-0420.

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