Amb Cameron Munter (Retd)

Former Ambassador of USA to Pakistan


Time: March 3, 2020
Location: Serena Hotel, Islamabad
Event Type: Conference
Organized By: Team CASS

About Speaker

Ambassador Munter, Ex-CEO and President of the EastWest Institute in New York. He was a career diplomat for three decades, serving in some of the most conflict- ridden areas of the globe. He was U.S. ambassador to Pakistan from 2010 to 2012, where he guided U.S. - Pakistani relations through a strained period—including the operation against Osama bin Laden. Previously, he was Ambassador to Serbia and served twice in Iraq, leading the first Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mosul and then in Baghdad. In Europe, he served in the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany. He was a director for Central Europe at the National Security Council under Presidents Clinton and Bush and had numerous other domestic assignments at the State Department in Washington, D.C.Before joining the Foreign Service, Munter taught European history at the University of California, Los Angeles. He taught at Columbia University School of Law and was also a program officer at the Twentieth Century Fund (now the Century Foundation).Born in California, Munter graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University and earned a doctorate in modern European history from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Council on Foreign Relations.

TOPIC OF SPEECH: Emerging New World Order

Seen from across the ocean, Pakistan continues to have serious strategic threats it needs to address: not only unsettled relations with its immediate neighbors, but perhaps more important, the domestic challenges of economic fragility and widespread disaffection by the public with what is often perceived as unfair, even corrupt, politics. Add to that the transnational challenges of climate change (especially as it affects water supplies and public health) and the unpredictable context of geopolitical relationships among great and regional powers. While all this is key, I argue that Pakistan also has new opportunities that can lead to real progress (democracy, prosperity, neighborly relations). It can serve as a mediator between important friends, like China and America, or Saudi Arabia and Iran. It can escape the mentality of attempting to manipulate foreign powers as has unfortunately been the case in its relations with the west over the last half century. In other words, this is a time in which Pakistan can make great strides to escape the sense of being the victim of the actions of others, and to take control of its own future in the new geopolitical setting of the 21st century.