Welcome to Pakistan Meets the USA: A Forum for Young Leaders (PMUSA)Pakistan Meets the USA: A Forum for Young Leaders is a network of young professionals and individuals who have an interest in exploring and strengthening the relations between Pakistan and the US. The ultimate goal of the forum is to educate, enhance and sustain the Pakistan-US relationship by empowering the next generation of young leaders from Pakistan and the USA.
Pakistani-US relations have been far from consistent since their official launch in 1947 following Pakistan´s independence from the United Kingdom. However, the recent deterioration of relations in 2011 following the Raymond Davis incident and US drone attacks on Pakistani soil is seeing a deterioration of relations . The recent visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Pakistan signaled the political will of both parties to ease tensions and overcome grievances. The meeting in Islamabad affirmed the two countries´ commitment to the firm reestablishment of a ´full partnership´ characterized by open dialogue and trust, thus marking a new phase in Pakistani-US cooperation. The successful implementation of such official commitments will require the support of the masses, rendering the use of Cultural Diplomacy at all levels vital in the transformation of this fragile bilateral relationship into a comprehensive partnership.
Primarily economic and military in character until today, the future components of the Afghan-US relationship must be diversified much further via Cultural Diplomacy strategies in order to anchor the partnership´s development and durability. With pervasive misconceptions and stereotypes about each other permeating both societies, this invaluable tool guarantees to bring increased mutual acceptance thereby solidifying and stabilizing their relationship, so that bilateral cooperation delivers on the promise to bring more economic, political and cultural benefits in the future for both the Pakistan and the US.
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy now provides a forum to embrace and examine the field of Cultural Diplomacy and its importance in US-Pakistani relations. During a weeklong seminar, participants have the opportunity to explore in great depth the current relations between Pakistan and the US and to exchange ideas about the enhancement of future bilateral cooperation. At the PMUSA weeklong seminar, every participant has the chance to meet prominent experts of the field and work in a multicultural environment. The Forum's weeklong seminar is a perfect opportunity for those who are studying the field of International Relations, International Business, South Asian Studies and any areas related to Pakistani-US relations, or for those who are simply interested in the present and the future of the cooperation between the Pakistan and the USA. The forum organizes conferences, public lectures, events and online activities which gives exclusive access to the members of the forum.
Once they have joined the PMUSA Forum, members are supported by the ICD in organizing leadership initiatives and conducting academic research whilst they are also invited to join the ICD Online Forum - enabling them to share information and communicate with like-minded individuals across the world.
If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the seminar, please click on the "Apply Now" link below and fill out the online application form:
Next Weeklong Seminar
(Washington D.C. & New York City; June 23rd - 27th, 2014)In addition to looking in greater detail at the history and development of Cultural Diplomacy, the next PMUSA Weeklong Seminar will focus on the following theme:
"Fostering a Comprehensive Partnership through Dialogue & Intercultural Understanding"
Certificate of AttendanceAll participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which provides details about the speakers and topics at the conference. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD's Advisory Board.