Pakistan-United States Journalists Exchange
March 21, 2013

The United States and Pakistan share many common interests including a commitment to the fight against terrorism, yet the relationship between the two countries remains strained. Pakistani and U.S. journalists reflected on the challenges they face in communicating the issues and the very complicated relationship between the two countries.

EWC Senior Fellow Shabbir Cheema provided a brief overview of U.S.- Pakistan relations, one of America’s most important strategic relationships crucial to regional stability. Journalists participating in the EWC’s Pakistan-U.S. Journalist Exchange discussed the wide-ranging factors that influence U.S. engagement in Pakistan and the reaction of the Pakistani people to U.S. policy toward Pakistan.

The journalists from Pakistan represented print and broadcast media from throughout the country including Quetta, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar. The American journalists represented CNN, Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, New York Times, PBS NewsHour and others. The journalists will have just returned from their study tour having met with key policy makers, government and military officials in Pakistan and the United States.

Co-sponsors: The East-West Center, Friends of the East-West Center, Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, Asian American Journalists Association-Hawai’i, Media Council Hawai'i, Society of Professional Journalists, and the UHM School of Communications.

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