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NYC Event: Pakistan – Aid, Trade, and Security
December 09

NYC Event: Pakistan – Aid, Trade, and Security

12:00 pm - 02:00 pm. Time zone: America/New_York

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Date December 9, 2014
Time 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location New York, NY


The event will be a discussion of the current conditions of economic aid, trade and security in Pakistan, and will feature ASP Board Member Admiral William Fallon USN (Ret.), former Commander of CENTCOM and PACOM; USAID Assistant to the Administrator for Pakistan in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs Mr. Daniel Grant; and Managing Director of APCO Worldwide’s Istanbul Office Ms. Zeynep Dereli

The American Security Project is excited to facilitate a discussion on the importance of Pakistan to US national security as well as the ways aid and trade are being mobilized toward Pakistan.


Lunch Refreshments will be provided at 12:00pm

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by December 4, 2014 at events@americansecurityproject.org to receive a formal invitation.

Space is limited.


Admiral William Fallon, USN (Ret.)

ADM FallonAdmiral William J. Fallon retired from the U.S. Navy after a distinguished 40 year career of military and strategic leadership. He has led U.S. and Allied forces in eight separate commands and played a leadership role in military and diplomatic matters at the highest levels of the U.S. government.

As head of U.S. Central Command, Admiral Fallon directed all U.S. military operations in the Middle East, Central Asia and Horn of Africa, focusing on combat efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He led the U.S. Pacific Command for two years, directing political-military activities in the Asia-Pacific region. His achievements include a resumption of military engagement with China, new outreach to India, a new agreement on a strategic framework with Japan, and humanitarian assistance to the victims of the 2004 Tsunami in SE Asia. He also served as Presidential Envoy to Japan, handling bi-lateral relations after the collision of a U.S. submarine and a Japanese fishing vessel.

On September 11, 2001, Admiral Fallon was serving in the Pentagon as Vice Chief of the Navy. He personally directed the recovery of the Navy staff in the wake of the attack and led in the planning of the retaliatory attacks on Al Qaeda and Taliban forces in Afghanistan. He later commanded the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and U.S. Fleet Forces Command, with responsibility for the readiness of U.S. Naval forces worldwide.

Admiral Fallon began his Navy career as a combat aviator flying from an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War and participated in many vital U.S. military operations during the Cold War. He led a Carrier Air Wing in combat during the Gulf War of 1991, and commanded a Navy Battle Group and the U.S. 6th Fleet Battle Force during NATO military operations in Bosnia.

Admiral Fallon completed a year as a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for International Studies and currently chairs the Center’s Advisory Board. He also serves on the Global Affairs Advisory Board of Occidental College and the Advisory Board of the University of California, San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. He is a graduate of Villanova University, the U.S. Naval War College, the National War College, and has an MA in International Studies from Old Dominion University.

Chairman and CEO of a new company in the cyber security business, Admiral Fallon is a partner and advisor to several other businesses and a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses. He has been a member of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the U.S. and also serves as Co-Chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Smart Global Health Policy and Co-Chair of the National Association of Corporate Directors 2009 Blue Ribbon Commission.


Mr. Dan Grant

Dan Grant

Dan Grant is the Assistant to the Administrator for Pakistan in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs at USAID. He oversees a portfolio concerning energy, stabilization, education, agriculture, and public health.

Prior to his appointment to USAID, Grant worked as an international affairs consultant for the U.S. State and Defense Departments, as well as for NATO, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and the Czech foreign ministry.

Prior to his consulting work, he worked extensively in the field in a variety of post- and current-conflict countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Bosnia. Particular highlights of his time overseas include working in the Iraqi elections ministry from 2005 to 2007, overseeing operations for the Afghan currency exchange in 2003, and working on the Afghan Loya Jirgas of 2002 and 2004. He was awarded the Constitutional Medal by Afghan president Hamid Karzai for his efforts in 2004.

In addition, Grant was a fellow at the American Security Project (ASP), a think tank founded by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. His work for ASP ranged from analysis of international trade deals, to the possible future of the Afghan Taliban.

Grant was a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Texas’s 10th congressional district in 2008. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics Graduate School, and Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.


Ms. Zeynep Dereli

Zeynep Dereli, managing director of APCO Worldwide’s Istanbul office, is an accomplished and respected leader in Turkish business, media and politics.

Most recently, Ms. Dereli was director of the Atlantic Council’s Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum, an annual initiative that brings business and policy leaders together to discuss Eurasia’s leading economic and energy challenges. She also produced and presented a weekly foreign policy program, “Leaders and Decisions,” on the Turkish nationwide television news channel SKY Turk and CNBC-e.

Ms. Dereli previously served as general coordinator and founding member of the Turkish Policy Forum, a leading Istanbul think tank. She was also founding partner of Glow Communications. Before beginning Glow, she set up Dialogue, Respect and Understanding through Music (DRUM), a nonprofit dedicated to fostering tolerance and understanding between cultures through music.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Dereli worked for Shell Trading and Shipping Company in London in derivatives trading, risk analysis, research and regulatory compliance. She later became a supply financial analyst at Shell Turkey and was a member of the mergers and acquisitions teams for Dundas, Unlu & Co., Istanbul, a boutique investment bank.

Ms. Dereli has been an active voice in politics since the March 2009 Turkish elections, when she won a seat at the county council in Istanbul Sisli Municipality. She also served as a consultant for the minister of culture and tourism.

Currently, Ms. Dereli serves as vice president of the Turkish Ethical Values Foundation and is a founding member of Endeavor Turkey. She also is a senior research fellow at the Foreign Policy Center, a UK-based independent foreign affairs think tank founded by the late former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook which has former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as patron.

Ms. Dereli holds a master’s degree in development economics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from Princeton University, with a certificate in Near Eastern studies. She is an advisory council member at SOAS/London Middle East Institute. She was named one of “The Young Society Leaders” in 2012 by The American Turkish Society, which convenes a select, diverse group of the American-Turkish community’s most outstanding young leaders.