On Tuesday, The Fletcher School was pleased to welcome Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Jalil Abbas Jilani. The Ambassador’s trip included a welcome meeting with several of Fletcher’s students from Pakistan as well as an address to the broader Fletcher and Tufts community.
I also had a chance to sit down with the Ambassador and talk about the important role that Pakistan continues to play in the security of the region, and we spent some time discussing the elections in Afghanistan.
Fletcher alumni hold a number of high-level positions of importance to the security of the region, including the newly appointed Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Aizaz Chaudry (F ’90) as well as Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan Joseph Dunford (F ’92). Given the complexity set of issues facing the region, we’re honored to have two of our own in these important roles.
Ambassador Jilani and I agreed to stay in touch, and I look forward to continuing our conversation.
Dean Stavridis with his basset hound, Lilly.
Dean James Stavridis is the 12th leader of The Fletcher School since its founding in 1933. A retired Admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander.