The Nassau Community College Spring 2009 Cultural Program Presents Munir Akram, Former Ambassador from Pakistan to the U.N., in "Pakistan and Afghanistan: Where Does Success Start?" April 1

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Immediate: March 5, 2009 Contact: Alicia Steger 516.572.9634 E-mail: alicia.steger@ncc.edu  

The Nassau Community College Spring 2009 Cultural Program Presents Munir Akram, Former Ambassador from Pakistan to the U.N., in "Pakistan and Afghanistan: Where Does Success Start?"

April 1 Garden City, NY – The Nassau Community College Spring 2009 Cultural Program is proud to present a program in which Munir Akram, former Ambassador from Pakistan to the United Nations, will speak about "Pakistan and Afghanistan: Where Does Success Start?" which will take place on Wednesday, April 1 at 11:00 a.m. in the College Center Building.   

Following a long and distinguished diplomatic career as the former Permanent Representative to the United Nations from Pakistan, Ambassador Munir Akram is now ready to step out from behind the diplomatic curtain and tell what he thinks the goals of the United States should be in Pakistan and Afghanistan. His 40 years experience in the Foreign Service, his two terms as president of the U.N. Security Council and his numerous contacts with world leaders give him a unique perspective on what U.S. policy should be for that part of the world. Akram has represented Pakistan in numerous United Nations bodies and international conferences, including the Security Council and the Conference on Disarmament, and has written and negotiated a nuclear treaty with India.

Akram has also sat cross-legged on the floor of Mullah Omar’s tent, along with the head of Saudi Intelligence, as they tried to convince the Mullah to lead them to Osama bin Laden. He joined Pakistani President Musharraf as they tried to convince General Colin Powell that the U.S. military strategy in the region would not work. In addition to his diplomatic efforts, Akram is a prolific writer who has lectured widely on various strategic, political and economic issues. 

For more information about "Pakistan and Afghanistan: Where Does Success Start?", which is free and open to the public, call 516.572.7153.

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