On Wednesday, October 14, Howard B. Schaffer, author of The Limits of Influence: America’s Role in Kashmir, and his wife Ambassador Teresita C. Schaffer, author of India and the United States in the 21st Century: Reinventing Partnership, will be the featured guests at a reception and book signing cosponsored by the Asia Society and the Women’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C. They will also participate in a discussion of “The US and India: Deepening Ties, Resolving Issues” moderated by Jack Garrity, executive director of the Asia Society Washington.
Ambassador Howard B. Schaffer is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer who spent much of his 36-year career dealing with U.S. relations with South Asia. He served as Ambassador to Bangladesh (1984-87) and Political Counselor in India (1977-79) and Pakistan (1974-77), and he was twice Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for South Asian affairs. He became Director of Studies at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University in 1995. Ambassador Teresita C. Schaffer has been with Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) since 1998 after a 30-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. She devoted most of her career to international economic issues and to South Asia, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia (1989-92), U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka (1992-95), and Director of the Foreign Service Institute (1995-97).