Washington, D.C., April 30, 2009—Former Ambassador Frank G. Wisner plans to present a special program on the recent developments in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Thursday, May 7th as part of the Patton Boggs Foundation’s lecture series.
Ambassador Wisner, a foreign affairs advisor at Patton Boggs, will draw upon his extensive experience at the State Department to address the compelling need for peace in war-torn Afghanistan and the threat of terrorism in Pakistan and India. The ambassador’s diplomatic career spans four decades and eight U.S. Presidents, as well as ambassadorships to India, Egypt, the Philippines and Zambia.
“The situation in Pakistan is dangerous and difficult,” said Ambassador Wisner, referring to the recent advance of the Taliban into Pakistan. “But it is by no means hopeless.”
The United States can improve relationships in the region by showing that it is “there for the long haul and ready to roll up its sleeves and help Pakistan rebuild a political consensus, revive their economy and reshape their military police so that they can meet the threats to the Pakistani state and society,” Ambassador Wisner said. “We have to keep our eye on the importance of keeping peace with neighboring nations and throughout South Asia.”
Founded in 2000, the Patton Boggs Foundation has provided public policy fellowships to more than 50 law students at 11 law schools across the country serving in positions abroad and in the United States.
The foundation was initially endowed with legal fees from a pro bono case won by John L. Oberdorfer, a partner in the firm’s Washington office.
“We are proud to have an accomplished and well-respected diplomat like Ambassador Wisner speak on such an important and timely topic,” Mr. Oberdorfer said. “The Patton Boggs Foundation is committed to creating new and valuable opportunities in the public policy field for tomorrow’s attorneys. Programs like this help us demonstrate this commitment while providing learning opportunities for professionals of all levels.”
Previous participants in the Patton Boggs Foundation lecture series have included former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger and attorney Alan Gura, who argued the Second Amendment case District of Columbia v. Heller before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as Harold Koh, Dean of Yale Law School and former Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, who discussed the human rights agenda for the next administration.
WHO: The Patton Boggs Foundation and its Associate Advisory Committee, with featured speaker Ambassador Frank G. Wisner
WHAT: “Afghanistan, Pakistan and India: Today and Beyond,” the third lecture in the Patton Boggs Foundation’s “Issues of Our Time” series
WHERE: Patton Boggs Conference Center at 2445 M St, NW Washington, DC (please note this building is across the street from the firm’s main offices)
WHEN: Thursday, May 7, 2009. Registration and continental breakfast: 8:30 a.m. Program: 9 – 10 a.m.