JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council's annual forum will be held Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, at the Baranof Hotel. The five out-of-town speakers and panel participants will be as follows:
K. Alan Kronstadt is lead specialist on South Asia for the Congressional Research Service, the United States Congress' research arm, often called the legislative branch's think tank.
Ambassador Dennis Kux, a former U.S. ambassador to the Ivory Coast, is a retired State Department South Asia specialist and is currently a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Ambassador Bernard Goonetillike is ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States. Goonetillike joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Affairs Service in March 1970 and has held several positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Aseem Prakash is professor of Political Science at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received his doctorate from Indiana University, worked in India and from 1997 to 2002, and he served as assistant professor of strategic management and public policy at George Washington University's School of Business.
Frederic Grare is a visiting scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research focuses on the tension between stability and democratization in Pakistan, including challenges of sectarian conflict, Islamist political mobilization and educational reform.