The U.S. Consulate, Karachi Pakistan,
The Institute for Immigration Research, George Mason University &
The Department of Public Administration, University of Karachi
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
8:00 - 10:00 am EST
The United States and Pakistan are two very different countries facing a common, invisible existential threat. With a combined population of over 500 million people, COVID-19 has both societies reeling as they face an uncertain future. How these two nations react will reflect their very different ways of life, as well as their common humanity. Viewed as extreme exogenous shock to both societies, COVID-19 is putting the cultural institutional framework of both the United States and Pakistan through a stress test. Social scientists have the opportunity to assess the strengths and weaknesses of this framework and think about therapies for the nations going forward.
The Parallel Pandemic Project (PPP) is an effort to document and understand when and how the paths of the United States and Pakistan converge and diverge over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. This project is multi-faceted in that it attempts a more thorough understanding of crises responses across many social institutions through the lens of the response to COVID-19 in Pakistan and the United States.
Opening remarks by Country Public Affairs Officer Ray Castillo
Mason College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dean Ann Ardis
- Dr. James Witte, Director of the IIR
- Nishit Sahay, Senior Advisor-External Relations at the IIR
- Dr. Mustafa Hyder, Research Scholar and Faculty Member at the University of Karachi
- Dr. Tehmina Faisal, Assistant Professor at the University of Karachi
February 27, 2021