Cornered into Change? Pakistan's response to National Crises in 2021

Sponsored by Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Center for South Asia


Tuesday, February 2, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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This event is part of Shorenstein APARC's winter webinar series, "Asian Politics and Policy in a Time of Uncertainty."

To what extent will Pakistan’s multiple crises of governance and security change the way the country is governed? Several ongoing crises confront the government that is officially led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, but dominated by the Army. A new erstwhile coalition of opposition political parties, known as the Pakistan Democratic Movement, reflects a groundswell of resistance to the government’s increasingly undemocratic and repressive agenda. Meanwhile, the government must continue to manage the public health and economic effects of the pandemic, and constantly recalibrate its approach to anti-state insurgents and state-aligned terrorists. This webinar will consider whether these and other challenges prod the Army to rethink how it exercises political power and manages its security policies. It will also explore how the new Biden Administration should, in light of these crises, reset U.S. policy towards Pakistan and its neighbors.

Dr. Madiha Afzal - David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Brookings Institution                        
Dr. Rabia Akhtar - Director, Centre for Security, Strategy and Policy Research, University of Lahore
Ms. Elizabeth Threlkeld - Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the South Asia Program, Stimson Center
Dr. Arzan Tarapore, South Asia research scholar, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center - Stanford University

Co-sponsored by Center for South Asia 
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