Pakistan and the US: Ships Passing in the Night

Event Date: Monday February 27, 2012
Time: 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Location: CGIS South S-354, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Pakistan and the US:
Ships Passing in the Night


Pir Zubair Shah

Reporter for The New York Times and Nieman Fellow


David Greenway

Columnist for The Boston Globe and Shorenstein Fellow


Date: Monday, February 27, 2012

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM

Where: CGIS South S-354, 1730 Cambridge Street

Contact Chair: Donna Hicks (


Speaker Bios

H.D.S. (David) Greenway is a contributing columnist for The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune and GlobalPost. He was the editorial page editor of The Boston Globe, and before that its national editor, and foreign editor tasked with setting up the Globe‘s foreign news bureaus. As a foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, he was posted to Jerusalem, Saigon and Hong Kong; and for Time magazine, London, Washington, Saigon, Bangkok, Hong Kong and the United Nations.  He has reported from 96 countries, and covered conflicts in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Burma, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.  He served in the U.S. Navy, and was educated at Yale and Oxford. Greenway was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1971. In 2009 he was awarded the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. He will be researching the conflict between governments and the press over keeping secrets.

Pir Zubair Shah was born in the tribal area, Waziristan, which is on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English Literature and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Islamabad in Pakistan. He worked as a reporter for Newsday, New York at the Islamabad bureau for three years from January 2005 to  December 2007. For the initial few months of 2008 he worked as a free lance reporter with the Washington Times, Hamsa Press (Paris ) and various other publications. Since May 2008, he has worked as a reporter for The New York Times in Pakistan.  His reporting focused on the drone strikes in Pakistan, and coverage of  the “war on terror” in Pakistan.  Pir is one of the few reporters who has extensively covered the most secretive of all wars–the drone war –in the tribal areas of Pakistan. He is the author of  “My Drone War,” to be published in  Foreign Policy magazine.  Pir shared the Pulitzer Prize with The New York Times team in Pakistan and Afghanistan for his coverage of the war in the tribal areas. He is currently a Nieman Fellow.


About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series

The 2011-2012 Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The theme for this year’s Kelman Seminar is “Negotiation, Conflict and the News Media”.


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