Making Sense of Pakistan

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Asia Society cordially invites you to Making Sense of Pakistan In Conversation with Farzana Shaikh, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London Pakistan's transformation from a country once projected as a model of Muslim enlightenment to a state faced with a lethal Islamist challenge has dominated headlines in recent years. In her new book, Making Sense of Pakistan, Farzana Shaikh argues that while the failure of governance and the damage wrought by external powers have hastened this decline, Pakistan's problems are rooted primarily in its uncertain foundations as a nation and its ambiguous relation to Islam. Both have heightened the contestation over the meaning of Pakistan and the significance of 'being Pakistani'. This enduring ideological confusion has also thwarted a stable constitutional settlement, undermined the country's economic future and encouraged a new and dangerous symbiosis between the armed forces and militant groups. Together they have left Pakistan prey to the forces of extremism that today threaten international stability. Copies of Making Sense of Pakistan will be available for purchase and signing. Book(s) available at AsiaStore and Asiastore.org Policy programs at the Asia Society are generously supported by the Nicholas Platt Endowment for Public Policy. Schedule: 6:00 ' 6:30 pm Registration 6:30 ' 8:00 pm Program

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Wed 18 Nov 2009
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
725 Park Avenue, New York, NY
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$10 Asia Society Members; $15 Nonmembers
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