The Georgetown-India Dialogue and the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service are pleased to host The Honorable Omar Abdullah, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and former Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India.
Please join us on April 14, 2015 for a series of important panel discussions on the Kashmir dispute led by experts in the field of South Asian affairs, including Mr. Abdullah. The conference will conclude with Mr. Abdullah’s keynote speech in the historic Gaston Hall.
The Kashmir Conclave is supported by the Global Engagement, the Department of Government, and the Lecture Fund at Georgetown University. The Global Education and Leadership Foundation as well as the US - India Business Council's Education Foundation has supported Georgetown-India Dialogue in this effort.
About the Speaker
Omar Abdullah, 44, just completed a 6-year term (2008-2014) as the youngest Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. He is currently a Member of Legislative Assembly in J&K and serves as the Working President of the National Conference Party. In 2008, Mr. Abdullah gave an impassioned speech in India's parliament in support of the Indo-U.S. civil nuclear deal. He had served as Union Minister of State in the NDA government under PM Vajpayee, making him the youngest Union Minister. Between 2001-02, he held the portfolio of Union Minister of State for External Affairs. Mr. Abdullah belongs to one of the most prominent Indian political families. Both his grandfather and father served as Chief Ministers of the state of Jammu and Kashmir since its normal accession to India.