Big Speaker 2009: Pervez Musharraf

Sponsored by Stanford in Government and ASSU Speaker's Bureau


Friday, January 16, 2009
2:30 pm –
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Memorial Auditorium


Event Details:

Stanford in Government and the ASSU Speakers Bureau are hosting President Pervez Musharraf at Stanford as this year's Big Speaker.

As the former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf held "the world's most dangerous job," according to TIME Magazine. He has twice come within inches of assassination. His forces have caught more than 670 members of al Qaeda in the mountains and cities, yet many others remain at large and active, including Osama bin Laden. Long locked in a deadly embrace with its nuclear neighbor India, Pakistan has come close to full-scale war on two occasions since exploding a nuclear bomb in 1998. No stranger to controversy, President Musharraf has faced challenges with high stakes for the world at large. He offers an unparalleled view into the center of a region where the eyes of the world remain focused. President Musharraf's insights into Pakistan and its role in today's global challenges — from the economy to trade to energy — are not to be missed.

President Musharraf will be sharing his opinions and experiences in a keynote address entitled "Terrorism and Extremism- The Need for a Holistic Approach." This address will be followed by a unique conversation format with Stanford professor Scott Sagan, in addition to an audience question and answer session. During the question and answer session, students are encouraged to engage the speaker in an open and honest dialogue. The event aims to promote free speech and discussion on the Stanford campus.

This event is organized by Stanford in Government and the ASSU Speakers Bureau. Co-sponsors include the Public Policy Program, Stanford in Washington, the Center for International Security and Cooperation, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the International Relations Program, the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, the Bechtel International Center, the Stanford Journal of International Relations, and the Muslim Student Awareness Network.


Tickets will be available at the following times and locations during week of January 12:

-White Plaza, Monday through Thursday, noon to 1:00pm

-Old Union, Monday through Thursday, 8:00-9:30pm

-GCC, Tuesday and Wednesday only, 8:00-9:00pm

SUID required to pick up ticket. NO tickets will be sold at door.

Admission Info

Doors open at 2:00pm and close at 2:25pm. Backpacks and other bags are strictly prohibited. See http://speakers.stanford.edu for full list of prohibited items. Event restricted to Stanford students, faculty, and staff. Tickets distributed in advance.

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