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Conference Agenda

South Asia in Crisis: United States Policy, 1961-1972
June 28-29, 2005
Loy Henderson Auditorium
U.S. Department of State
Tentative Program


June 28

8:15-9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Delegates’ Lounge

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Loy Henderson Auditorium

Dr. Marc J. Susser, The Historian
Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State

9:15-9:35 a.m.

Keynote Address

Loy Henderson Auditorium

Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

9:35-10:00 a.m.

Overview of Foreign Relations volumes on South Asia 1961-1972

Loy Henderson Auditorium

Dr. Louis J. Smith, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State

10:00-10:15 a.m.


Delegates’ Lounge

10:15 a.m. -Noon

Session 1:
Roundtable: The United States and the 1971 Crisis in South Asia--Participants’ Perspectives

Loy Henderson Auditorium

Moderator: Dr. Edward C. Keefer, General Editor, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State


Sidney Sober, U.S. Department of State (ret.)

Ambassador Anthony C.E. Quainton (ret.)

Ambassador L. Bruce Laingen (ret.)

Samuel M. Hoskinson, National Security Council staff (ret.)


Discussion: Panel and Audience


Lunch Break


1:30-3:00 p.m.

Session 2:
Roundtable: The United States and the 1971 Crisis in South Asia--Scholarly Interpretations

Loy Henderson Auditorium

Moderator: Dr. David H. Herschler, Deputy Historian, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State


Dr. Robert J. McMahon, The Ohio State University

Dr. Gary R. Hess, Bowling Green State University

Dr. Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University

Discussion: Panel and Audience


3:00-3:15 p.m.


Delegates’ Lounge

3:15-5:00 p.m.

Session 3:
South Asia in Crisis during the Nixon Administration

Loy Henderson Auditorium

Chair: Dr. Peter A. Kraemer, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State


‘We do not see any sign or hope:’ U.S.-Bangladesh Contacts in 1971
Dr. Ali Riaz, Illinois State University


The 1971 South Asian Crisis: U.S. Policy Revisited
Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed, University of Dhaka


Anatomy of Violence: An Analysis of Acts of Terror in East Pakistan in 1971
Dr. Sarmila Bose, George Washington University


Nixon's White House and Pakistan: The Tilt that Failed
F.S. Aijazuddin, OBE

Comment: Dr. Sumit Ganguly

5:00 p.m.


June 29


8:30-9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Delegates’ Lounge

9:00-10:45 a.m.

Session 4:
U.S. Policy toward South Asia during the Kennedy Administration

Loy Henderson Auditorium

Chair: Dr. Robert M. Hathaway, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Dealing with South Asia: A Comparative Analysis of the Kennedy and Nixon Administrations
Dr. B.M. Jain, University of Rajasthan

(paper read by Dr. Paul J. Hibbeln, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State)

The Kennedy Administration and the Sino-Indian War of 1962
Dr. David R. Devereux, Canisius College


Keeping the British ‘A Half-Step in Front:’ The United States and the Limitations of Anglo-American Collaboration in South Asia, 1961-63
Paul Michael McGarr, Royal Holloway College, University of London

U.S.-Pakistan Relations under Ayub Khan, 1958-69
Dr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi, University of Balochistan


Comment: Dr. Robert J. McMahon

10:45-11:00 a.m.


Delegates’ Lounge

11:00-12:30 p.m.

Session 5:
South Asia in Crisis during the Johnson Administration

Loy Henderson Auditorium

Chair: Dr. James G. Hershberg, George Washington University


The Kashmir Crisis and the Johnson Administration
Ambassador Howard B. Schaffer, Institute for the Study of Democracy, Georgetown University


Lyndon Johnson, Indira Gandhi, and the Political Dramatics of Famine
Dr. Nicholas B. Cullather, Indiana University


‘Machiavelli With a Heart:’ The Johnson Administration’s Food for Peace Program in India
Dr. Kristin L. Ahlberg, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State

Comment: Ambassador W. Howard Wriggins, Columbia University

12:30 p.m.


Registration is required for attendance. Please contact:
Dr. Christopher Tudda

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