LISD co-hosted a lecture, "Pakistan's Current Crisis," at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2009 in 016 Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. The lecture was given by former Ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Maleeha Lodhi. The event was co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School.
Lodhi is a former fellow of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She served as the Pakistani Ambassador to the US from 1994-1997 and again from 1999-2002. She also served on the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs from 2001-2005 and was Pakistan's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2003-2008.
Lodhi is the recipient of the President’s award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz for Public Service in Pakistan. She received an Honorary Fellowship from the London School of Economics in 2004 and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from London’s Metropolitan University in 2005. In 1994, Lodhi was selected by Time magazine as one of a hundred people in the world – the only one from Pakistan – who will help to shape the 21st century.
Lodhi has been the editor of Pakistan’s leading English daily, The News, and taught Politics and Political Sociology at the London School of Economics from 1980-1985. She is the author of two books: Pakistan’s Encounter with Democracy and The External Challenge, both collections of her essays on contemporary issues. She holds a B.Sc. in Government and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.