U.S.-Pakistan Leaders Forum

U.S.-Pakistan Leaders Forum USPLF convenes diverse American and Pakistani leaders to discuss common challenges and shared opportunities. The U.S.-Pakistan Leaders Forum is a collaboration between the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, the Consensus Building Institute, and the Institute for Resource and Security Studies.

For over four years, we have been engaged in convening diverse American and Pakistani leaders to discuss common challenges and shared opportunities. These efforts have produced tangible results--new linkages between businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors; new levels of cooperation in education; and collaboration among media, cultural, and religious leaders.

Mission: USPLF is dedicated to improving ties between the United States and Pakistan by creating opportunities for influential members of civil society to work together toward mutually beneficial goals.

Friends in NYC, get your tickets to Burq Off! on November 5th! http://www.eventbrite.com/e/burq-off-tickets-18512620747
10/30/2015
BURQ OFF!

Friends in NYC, get your tickets to Burq Off! on November 5th! http://www.eventbrite.com/e/burq-off-tickets-18512620747

Navigating the Tensions Between Tradition and Modernity in the 21st Century Whether in Karachi or Canarsie, the dilemma confronting young people today is how to reconcile the mantle of traditional family values with the dream of independence and self-expression. In scenes from her critically accl…

Friends in Lahore and Islamabad may be interested in attending Ajoka's play "Lo Phir Basant Ayee" or "Bulha", which are ...
11/08/2014

Friends in Lahore and Islamabad may be interested in attending Ajoka's play "Lo Phir Basant Ayee" or "Bulha", which are being performed this month in both cities.

Ajoka Invites you

Our latest blog post: An Interview with this year's class of students studying Urdu at the Lahore University of Manageme...
10/24/2014
BULPIP-AIPS Urdu Program 2: An Interview with the BULPIP Students

Our latest blog post: An Interview with this year's class of students studying Urdu at the Lahore University of Management Sciences through the Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan (BULPIP) in collaboration with the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.

http://ow.ly/DgIJw

Earlier this fall, the first class of American graduate students arrived at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) to study Urdu as...

One of the seven men behind Apple's latest innovation--Apple Pay-- is a Pakistani named Ahmer Ali Khan, who hails from R...
10/18/2014

One of the seven men behind Apple's latest innovation--Apple Pay-- is a Pakistani named Ahmer Ali Khan, who hails from Rawalpindi.

One of the seven men behind tech giant Apple’s latest innovation — Apple Pay — is a Pakistani named Ahmer Ali Khan who hails from Rawalpindi.

Read more here: http://www.dawn.com/news/1138799/p

10/06/2014

Eid Mubarak to all Pakistani friends!

09/29/2014
Ajoka Theatre Pakistan

Pakistani playwright Shahid Nadeem recently attended the Culture and Conflict Summit in DC on September 9th and 10th. His Lahore-based theatre group, Ajoka has a partnership with Georgetown University as part of the "Myriad Voices" festival.

Shahid Nadeem attended the Culture & Conflict Summit in Washington on 9-10 September. It was organized by the British Council USA and US Institute of Peace. Shahid made a presentation on Ajoka's work for peace and human rights through theatre. He also met Ambassador Cynthia Schneider and Professor Derek Goldman of George Town University to discuss Ajoka's proposed tour in January 2015. He gave a talk to the Culture & Diplomacy class of the University.

Asma Jahangir is one of the winners of this year's Right Livelihood Award, awarded annually "to honor and support those ...
09/24/2014

Asma Jahangir is one of the winners of this year's Right Livelihood Award, awarded annually "to honor and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today."

Asma Jahangir, Snowden honoured with 'alternative Nobel'

Created in 1980, the annual Right Livelihood Award is awarded annually “to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today."

Read more here: http://www.dawn.com/news/1134056

Our latest blog post: George Mason University has two partnerships with Pakistani universities: One with the National Un...
08/28/2014
University Partnerships 2

Our latest blog post: George Mason University has two partnerships with Pakistani universities: One with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the other with Karachi University (KU).

http://ow.ly/APQxt

In my last post, I highlighted two examples of collaboration between US and Pakistani universities: the partnerships between Arizona State...

Support OPEN's Mansoor Ahmed, who has two short films playing at this year's DC South Asian Film Festival in September.
08/27/2014

Support OPEN's Mansoor Ahmed, who has two short films playing at this year's DC South Asian Film Festival in September.

Community Event!

Remember our #AE2013 speaker Mansoor Ahmed?
He is back with some short films that will be playing at the DC South Asian Film Festival in September--SUPPORT THE FILMS and vote them for the People's Choice Award this year.

Both of Mansoor's short films will be shown in conjunction with a feature-length film. Here are the times:

Sunday, September 14, 12:00 PM: The Ring, shown in conjunction with Prakash Jha's film, "Bamul"

Sunday, September 14, 3:00 PM: Hospitality, shown in conjunction with the Pakistani film "Josh".

Check out the festival website and for purchasing tickets (early bird rates end in August): www.dcsaff.com

08/14/2014

Happy Independence Day to all our Pakistani friends!

Our latest blog post:  Two examples of US-Pakistan university partnerships-- Arizona State University and Kinnaird Colle...
08/13/2014
US-Pakistan University Partnerships

Our latest blog post: Two examples of US-Pakistan university partnerships-- Arizona State University and Kinnaird College for Women and University of North Texas and National University of Modern Languages http://ow.ly/AihRw

One important area of cooperation between the United States and Pakistan is the education sector. In 2013, the U.S. government announced that it...

07/29/2014

Eid Mubarak to all those who are celebrating!

A team of seven Pakistani students is leaving for Brazil to compete in the RoboCup.
07/20/2014

A team of seven Pakistani students is leaving for Brazil to compete in the RoboCup.

Education Watch: Pakistani students to compete in RoboCup

The official goal of the project is to have a fully autonomous team of humanoid robot football players by 2050 that can challenge the winners of FIFA World Cup while complying with official FIFA rules.

Read more here: http://www.dawn.com/news/1119978

07/04/2014

Happy Fourth of July to all our American friends!

Pakistani students from the Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) have been invited to participate in the Ro...
06/26/2014
Pakistan Invited to Compete in RoboCup 2014 in Brazil

Pakistani students from the Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) have been invited to participate in the RoboCup 2014, to be played on the sidelines of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The purpose of the competition is to develop robo-teams to play against the World Cup champions in the year 2050.

http://ow.ly/yuvEQ

Pakistan has been invited to participate in RoboCup 2014 -- to be played in Brazil on the sidelines of the FIFA World Cup - and the country might...

Check out our latest blog post about Center Stage, an exchange program run by the US State Department's Bureau of Educat...
06/23/2014
Center Stage: Promoting Understanding Through Music

Check out our latest blog post about Center Stage, an exchange program run by the US State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that brings foreign artists to the US for month-long tours. This year, the program includes two Pakistani ensembles: "Poor Rich Boy" and "Khumariyaan" http://ow.ly/ylQCM

“Music is the international language of peace and possibilities and dreams,” said US Secretary of State John Kerry in a speech shortly after taking...

Syeda Ghazala is the first  woman to run a police station in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city. This represents a big ste...
06/19/2014
Woman heads police post in largest Pakistan city

Syeda Ghazala is the first woman to run a police station in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city. This represents a big step for women's empowerment.

Just days into her job running a police station in Pakistan’s largest city, Syeda Ghazala had to put her training to the test: she opened fire with her .22-caliber pistol at a man who shot at police when they tried to pull him over during a routine traffic stop.

Pakistani-American physician and entrepreneur Raza Bokhari is working to bridge the gaps between the US and Pakistan htt...
06/17/2014
Working to bridge gaps between U.S., Pakistan

Pakistani-American physician and entrepreneur Raza Bokhari is working to bridge the gaps between the US and Pakistan http://ow.ly/y9n2Q

During a time when there are tensions between the governments of the United States and Pakistan, and misperceptions about each other among their...

Check out our latest blog post on the Iqra Fund, an organization promoting girls' education in Gilgit-Baltistan--the nor...
06/16/2014
Iqra Fund: Promoting Girls' Education in Northern Pakistan

Check out our latest blog post on the Iqra Fund, an organization promoting girls' education in Gilgit-Baltistan--the northernmost territory of Pakistan http://ow.ly/y6hoq

“Pakistan changed my life,” says Genevieve Chabot, founder and CEO of the Iqra Fund. Chabot first traveled to Pakistan in 2007 as a volunteer with...

Pakistan’s underground indie art-rock phenomenon to bring its enigmatic, layered vocals and atmospheric sound to the sta...
06/02/2014
Poor Rich Boy

Pakistan’s underground indie art-rock phenomenon to bring its enigmatic, layered vocals and atmospheric sound to the stage. Part of Center Stage, a pilot program created by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with New England Foundation for the Arts.

http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/artists/?entity_id=114267&source_type=B

Explore the Arts provides viewers with diverse biographic, multimedia and interactive explorations into the rich field of the performing arts, plus exclusive access to content.

Check out our latest blog post on the Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Program. Learning a foreign language is one of the best ways to...
05/27/2014
Connecting Through Foreign Language: The Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Program

Check out our latest blog post on the Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Program. Learning a foreign language is one of the best ways to engage with a different culture, something that is increasingly important in our interdependent world
http://ow.ly/xjFRM

Studying foreign languages is an excellent way to learn about other cultures. Learning a language not only improves an individual’s ability to...

Check out USPLF's new blog "Spotlight on Cooperation"  highlighting examples of individuals and institutions working to ...
05/07/2014
Spotlight on Cooperation: Introduction

Check out USPLF's new blog "Spotlight on Cooperation" highlighting examples of individuals and institutions working to promote better relations between the U.S. and Pakistan.

In the years since September 11, 2001, one of the most critical issues in international relations has been the relationship between the United States and Pakistan.  Both governments have expended e...

Check out this article on NPR about a Pakistani philanthropist who is reviving the tradition of Pakistani film music!  h...
05/06/2014
A Millionaire Saves The Silenced Symphonies Of Pakistan

Check out this article on NPR about a Pakistani philanthropist who is reviving the tradition of Pakistani film music! http://ow.ly/wycMZ

Once upon a time, Lahore was home to a booming film industry and studio musicians to match. Now, the sounds of Lollywood have made a comeback, thanks to a jazz fan — who's also a philanthropist.

23 year old Pakistani musician Usman Riaz performs 'Tiny Desk Concert' on NPR. Check him out here: http://ow.ly/wxugW
05/06/2014
Usman Riaz: Tiny Desk Concert

23 year old Pakistani musician Usman Riaz performs 'Tiny Desk Concert' on NPR. Check him out here: http://ow.ly/wxugW

A young Pakistani musician treats the guitar as a percussion instrument — with surprisingly shimmering results. He also performs a piano piece he wrote at just 16.

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