Pakistan in Crisis: What Next After Bhutto's Assassination?

NEW YORK, January 4, 2008 -
In response to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, leading experts participate in an emergency town hall meeting at Asia Society's headquarters in New York and discuss the present domestic political situation in the country as well as implications for US policy.

Barnett Rubin, Director of Studies and Senior Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation of New York University, where he also directs the program on the Reconstruction of Afghanistan, discusses Bhutto's assassination in the context of her return to the country following a US-brokered deal with Musharraf.

Hasan Askari Rizvi, 2007-08 Annual Pakistan Studies Scholar at Johns Hopkins University, joining via teleconference from Pakistan, says the opposition to the military in general and Musharraf in particular is growing rapidly in the country.

Richard Holbrooke, former US Ambassador to the UN and Chairman of the Asia Society, argues that US policy towards Pakistan will change in the coming year following the presidential elections as President Musharraf has lost support both at home and abroad.

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Asia Society's "Crisis in Pakistan" page - [http://www.asiasociety.org/resources/pakemergency.html]