Pakistan: The outlook for stability – 11th March at 2.00pm GMT / 9.00am EST.
About this Event
Our expert panellists will discuss the future for Pakistan based on the history of the country and current developments. Pakistan has suffered great instability and continues to have social and political challenges that hinder development. Conflict continues in Afghanistan, Jammu & Kashmir remains a thorn in the relationship with India, Balochistan provides continued domestic instability, and militant Islamic groups the threat of continued violence. Yet despite a history of military coups, assassination of political leaders, and terrorism, Pakistan continues as a state and is now led by Prime Minister Imran Khan who is promoting regional relationships. Our panel members are all experts on Pakistan with deep knowledge and experience.
Victoria Schofield is a career historian and journalist whose published books include Bhutto: Trial and Execution, Kashmir in the Crossfire, Afghan Frontier: Feuding and Fighting in Central Asia / At the Crossroads of Conflict, Kashmir in Conflict: India, Pakistan, and the Unending War, and most recently The Fragrance of Tears: My Friendship with Benazir Bhutto. Victoria read Modern History at Oxford University, where her friendship with Benazir Bhutto developed. She is a long standing member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, the preeminent society for the study of Asia.
Dr Farzana Shaikh is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House and provides regular analysis on current political and economic conditions in Pakistan. Dr Shaikh has held a number of academic teaching positions in the UK, Europe and the United States, and been appointed to senior research fellowships at the University of Cambridge and the Institutes of Advanced Study in Princeton and Paris. She has written widely on Pakistan’s domestic and foreign policies and is the author most recently of Making Sense of Pakistan. Dr Shaikh has testified before the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and the All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, and is also giving evidence to the International Development Committee of the UK Parliament on its inquiry on UK aid to Pakistan (https://committees.parliament.uk/event/3822/formal-meeting-oral-evidence-session/). She serves as a Trustee of the Charles Wallace Trust on Pakistan (http://www.wallace-trusts.org.uk/cwt_pakistan.html). Dr Shaihk holds a PhD from Columbia University in New York.
Arif Rafiq is president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, a political risk advisory company focused on the Middle East and South Asia. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC. His scholarly work focuses on economic connectivity, great power politics, political reform, religious extremism, and terrorism in South Asia. Rafiq is the author of grant-funded studies on the economic, political, and strategic implications of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Sunni-Shia sectarian violence in Pakistan. He has written for numerous publications, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, and the New Republic. Previously, Rafiq worked for the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and leading public relations firms Burson-Marsteller and Ruder Finn. He received an MA in Arab Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.