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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host conversation with Mushahid Hussain Sayed, chairman of Pakistan’s Senate Defense Committee, on November 5


The Dean’s Office at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host a conversation with Mushahid Hussain Sayed, chairman of Pakistan’s Senate Defense Committee, on Friday, November 5. Joshua T. White, Associate Professor of the Practice of South Asia Studies at SAIS, will moderate a discussion with Hussain Sayed on Pakistan-China relations. Hussain Sayed will also touch on the future of U.S.-Pakistan ties following the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. 


Opening Remarks

Kent E. Calder
Senior Advisor to the Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS
Director, Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS
Joshua T. White
Associate Professor of the Practice of South Asia Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Mushahid Hussain Sayed
Chairman, Pakistan’s Senate Defense Committee 

Time and Date

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EDT
Friday, November 5, 2021 


This event is open to the public and media, with registration

Media Contact

Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620 

About the Speakers

Kent E. Calder is a senior advisor to James B. Steinberg, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Calder, who also directs the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at SAIS, has served as the school’s Interim Dean in 2021, Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation from 2018 to 2020, and as director of Asia Programs from 2016 to 2018. Prior to SAIS, Calder served as special advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), professor at Princeton University, lecturer on government at Harvard, and as the first executive director of Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Calder received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he worked under the direction of Edwin O. Reischauer.
A specialist in East Asian political economy, Calder lived and researched in Japan for 11 years and across East Asia for four years. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. Calder's publications include: Global Political Cities: Actors and Arenas of Influence in International Affairs; Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration; Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan; Singapore: Smart City, Smart State; Asia in Washington; and The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics.
Joshua T. White is Associate Professor of the Practice of South Asia Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is also a nonresident fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings Institution. He previously served at the White House as Senior Advisor and Director for South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, where he supported the President and National Security Advisor on the full range of South Asia policy issues pertaining to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Indian subcontinent, and led efforts to integrate U.S. government policy planning across South and East Asia.
Before joining the White House, White was a senior associate and co-director of the South Asia program at The Stimson Center and Senior Advisor for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a position he held in conjunction with an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. While at the Pentagon, he supported then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in advancing the U.S.-India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative and advised on a broad set of defense issues related to the department’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. White has spent extensive time in Asia, and has written on a wide range of issues, including defense policy, electoral politics, Islamic movements, and nuclear deterrence.
Mushahid Hussain Sayed has been a member of the Senate of Pakistan since being elected in March 1997. He serves as the chairman of the Senate Defense Committee and as chair of the Parliamentary Committee on China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). From 1997 to 1999, Hussain Sayed held the Minister of Information and Media Development role and was also an advisor to the Prime Minister on Information Tourism, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs. He also served as Special Assistant to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, where he oversaw external publicity and foreign affairs with a focus on the U.S., Central Asia, India, and Kashmir. Hussain Sayed was co-chairman of the conference on the Non-Aligned Medial (NAMEDIA) in 1983. He led Pakistan's delegation to the 49th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1993. Hussain Sayed also served as chairman of the Prime Minister's Task Force on Central Asia, which was established to coordinate Pakistan's policy towards Central Asia.
Hussain Sayed has written regularly on national and international affairs. His areas of specialization include the media, politics of the Muslim world, Pakistan's foreign policy, and regional security issues. From 1982 to 1987, he was editor of The Muslim. He has also written three books on Pakistan's foreign policy and domestic politics. Hussain Sayed has published articles in various international publications, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Asia Week, Far Eastern Economic Review, Jane's Defense Weekly, and International Herald Tribune. He has also provided current affairs analyses for the BBC, Voice of America, National Defense Staff College, Civil Services Academy, Foreign Service Academy, and the Pakistan Naval Staff College. 

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