Last year, devastating floods placed Pakistan at the forefront of the worst climate crisis, with more than 33 million people impacted and 40 billion dollars in estimated damages and economic losses. Amid ongoing energy shortages and water crisis, constraints on the country’s development options were amplified by substantial regional geopolitical tensions.
On January 26 2023 at Baker Hall, experts discussed how Pakistan can reconcile its energy and water security while facing geopolitical turmoil, and in particular how the country’s relationships with its neighbors influence its development and diplomacy. The conversation opened with remarks by His Excellency Masood Khan, ambassador of Pakistan to the United States.
Pakistani barrister and author Dawood Ghazanavi delivered a lecture on the current situation in Pakistan, followed by a conversation between Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs Gabriel Collins and Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen on the importance of the country’s water conflicts, energy security and geopolitical relationships in the midst of climate disaster. Zahra Jamal, associate director of the Boniuk Institute at Rice University, moderated.
This event was free and open to the public.
Here are some of the imagery highlights of the event: