Can Pakistan Get Its Act Together
Professor Hassan Abbas
Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow
Quaid-i-Azam Chair Professor at Columbia University
In conversation with
Vice President, Asia Society
Stability in Pakistan is vital to both Central and South Asia's regional security and prosperity. It is also vital to achieving real success on the ground in Afghanistan and in the Overseas Contingency Operation'two of Washington's core aims in the region. Yet stability in Pakistan remains incredibly elusive, dogged by regional rivalries, political instability, military dominance in the policy making arena, and rising religious extremist trends. If Islamabad proves incapable of making significant progress towards addressing domestic challenges, the consequences will be serious and incredibly costly, ranging from continued woes in Afghanistan to freer movement of jihadis across the subcontinent to the proliferation of Pakistan's nuclear stockpiles.
Please join us for this event, the first in the Pakistan 2020: A Vision for a Better Future and a Roadmap for Getting There public program series, as Professor Hassan Abbas examines Pakistan's capacity to address the serious political, social, and economic challenges undermining Pakistan's stability today.
Please note: this event will also be a free live video webcast on AsiaSociety.org from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Online viewers are encouraged to submit their questions to [email protected].