The Kashmir conflict has been on the world's conscience for over six decades. This conflict, which started out as a political justice issue, devolved into a human rights morass over time, especially in the last two decades. At the same time, this issue has been one of the two major sources of what has been euphemistically labeled as the Muslim angst. There are national security implications for the US as well, as the road to peace in Afghanistan is widely believed to go through Kashmir.

Cocktails at 5:30, presentation 6:00-6:30 followed by discussion and more cocktails.   $40 helps to defray the costs of drinks, cigars, and sandwiches. 
Reservations are required.

 The Kashmir Conflict:
The Issues, the Abuses, and what it means to the US

K. Rizwan Kadir
Director, Islamic Schools League of America

Tuesday, May 1, 5:30-8:30pm
The Lounge at Iwan Ries
19 South Wabash

K. Rizwan Kadir has been a Cigar Society member for several years.  He is a senior management consultant to Fortune 100 companies in the areas of strategic planning, governance, and financial management. He started his career with the investment banking firm of The Chicago Corporation, and then worked at emerging growth firms at Director and C-level positions, including Chief Operating, Compliance, and Finance Officer roles. He has an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago, where he also completed PhD-level course work in quantitative finance. He attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate. As a Director of University of Chicago’s Alumni Board from 2004 to 2007, he led its programming for the alumni, and presently counsels prospective undergraduate, MBA, and PhD students.  Currently, he is Chairman of MCC Full Time School (Morton Grove), one of the largest and oldest Islamic schools in the US. As President of the Pakistan Club at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, he has spearheaded strategic initiatives such as admissions sessions, flood and earthquake relief work, presentations by senior corporate executives, diplomats, economists, and academics, and has organized an investments conference about Pakistan. Since 9/11, he has been involved in inter-faith dialogs in the North Shore suburbs, and also worked on a project with the US Treasury’s Counter-Terrorism Unit to develop financial guidelines for the US-based Islamic charities.

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