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Making Sense of Pakistan

Making Sense of Pakistan by Farzana Shaikh (Columbia University Press, 2009).

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.

6:00 ' 6:30 pm Registration
6:30 ' 8:00 pm Program


Event Details

Wed 18 Nov 2009
1:30pm - 3:00pm

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

$10 Asia Society Members; $15 Nonmembers