ELP 2014 – A Week in the Nation’s Capital

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At the Pentagon

The week in Washington DC  centered around policy making, the US-Pakistan relationship, interfaith engagement, and skill building workshops. They kicked off the week at the United States Department of Defense (the Pentagon) where they had a candid discussion with officials from the Office of the Secretary of Defense Policy followed by a visit to Capitol Hill to meet staffers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani with the Fellows.

They participated in workshops such as grant writing, coalition building, vision setting, and networking to enhance their skills. And a visit to the Pakistani Embassy provided them a taste of home away from home: chai and samosas!


Ambassador Shaarik Zafar, recently appointed Special Representative for Muslim Communities, addresses the group at the State Department

Fellows participated in a public event hosted by the Atlantic Council entitled “Perspectives from Pakistan’s Changemakers.” The Beltway Community met the 2014 fellows, heard about their experiences addressing Pakistan’s challenges, and engaged in a discussion on outstanding issues facing their communities and country. They also took a break from meetings and volunteered to plant trees at a local park. The week wrapped up at the International Monetary Fund, the US State Department, National Security Council of the White House, and National Public Radio (NPR).


Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio news program in the United States, chats with the group.

Voice of America (VoA)Urdu also caught up with our young leaders: http://www.urduvoa.com/media/video/zindagi-360-pakistani-leaders/2541051.html?nocache=1

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