Event: ‘From Banking to the Thorny World of Politics’


Shakut Azizanna mikhailovaTIME: 18:00-19:00, Thursday 7th July 2016

VENUE: Committee Room 2A, House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW

SPEAKERS: Co-authors, From Banking to the Thorny World of Politics, Shaukat Aziz, former Prime Minister of Pakistan (2004-2007) and Anna Mikhailova, Journalist and Interviewer for The Sunday Times

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Shaukat Aziz left a thirty-year career as a senior Citibank executive to join a military regime in Pakistan, following a coup in 1999. Two years later, 9/11 made Pakistan a vital strategic ally in the War on Terror. First as Finance Minister, then Prime Minister, Aziz steered a major economic turnaround and negotiated Pakistan’s aid package with the United States. He survived a suicide bombing by Al Qaeda, which drove him to engage in the fight against global terrorism. Aziz is a man who holds a lot of knowledge – Islamabad’s relationship with Washington, its dealings with Afghanistan, Benazir Bhutto’s fateful comeback, the attempted Kashmir peace settlement – and what Pakistan really knew about Osama Bin Laden’s whereabouts. But what was it really like for him to hold high office in a nuclear power in one of the most challenging parts of the world?

By kind invitation of Lord Arbuthnot, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Shaukat Aziz, former Prime Minister of Pakistan (2004-2007) and Anna Mikhailova, Journalist and Interviewer for The Sunday Times who will be discussing their new book From Banking to the Thorny World of Politics which is an insider’s account from the heart of the War on Terror.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Shaukat Aziz was elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan and served from 2004 – 2007, following five years as Finance Minister from 1999. Shaukat was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan to complete a full term in office and he restored his country’s credibility at home and abroad and is renowned for his strategic approach, structural reforms, transparency and ability to focus on what is best, not simply what is politically expedient. Prior to his political career, Shaukat had a 30 year career in global finance in which he heal several senior management positions in Citibank. Having presided over impressive economic growth in his country, Mr. Aziz offers an expert view and is a frequent speaker on the challenges facing the world including structural reforms, diplomacy, geopolitics and security. Mr. Aziz is a member of several boards and advisory boards of various commercial and non-profit entities around the world.

Anna Mikhailova is an award-winning journalist and interviewer for The Sunday Times, and the co-author of ‘From Banking to the Thorny World of Politics’. Anna graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics before starting a career in freelance writing and then a home news reporter for The Sunday Times . She has also written for Spectator LIFE and appeared as a guest presenter on ITV


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