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Kangchenjunga at sunrise (Picture credit: Alexander W Helin)
Kangchenjunga at sunrise (Picture credit: Alexander W Helin)

An Integrated Approach to the Himalayas: Report of the Working Group on the Himalayan Region October 31st Event

The Himalayas extend 1,500 miles and traverse India, Bhutan, China, Nepal, and Pakistan. The resource-rich region is critical to Asian security and prosperity and stands at the heart of geopolitical rivalries among the continent’s rising powers. This influential region should be a focus of the Trump administration’s calculations as it reformulates U.S. policy toward South and Central Asia as well as the Pacific Rim.

On October 31, Hudson Institute’s South and Central Asia Program welcomed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island for keynote remarks at the launch of a new report, An Integrated Approach to the Himalayas. The report, the product of a working group of seven eminent U.S.-based experts on Asia, lays out a plan for the U.S. to pursue an integrated approach with friendly states and peoples in the Himalayas to address strategic and population security issues, regional connectivity, water usage and climate change, and cultural preservation, including the protection of women and minorities.

A discussion followed Sen. Whitehouse’s remarks, featuring the co-chairs of the working group: Jeff Smith of The Heritage Foundation, Michael Kugelman of the Wilson Center, Andrew Small of the German Marshall Fund, and Eric Brown of Hudson Institute. The conversation was moderated by Amb. Husain Haqqani, director for South and Central Asia at Hudson Institute.

Speakers

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Keynote Speaker

United States Senator from Rhode Island

Eric Brown Panelist

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Michael Kugelman Panelist

Asia Program Deputy Director & Senior Associate for South Asia, Woodrow Wilson Center

Andrew Small Panelist

Senior Transatlantic Fellow, Asia Program, German Marshall Fund

Jeff Smith Panelist

Research Fellow on South Asia, The Heritage Foundation

Ambassador Husain Haqqani Moderator

Senior Fellow & Director for South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute

Aparna Pande Speaker

Research Fellow & Director, Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia, Hudson Institute

Hudson Experts

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