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Problems and Prospects for Peace in South Asia

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Problems and Prospects for Peace in South Asia

Join us for a dialogue with Dr Saeed Shafqat and Dr. Phillip Oldenburg on Wednesday April 4th_, 2012, Babcock Formal Lounge 7pm. If you missed it, listen to the complete recording here. 

South Asia is a region of great opportunity and progress but also a place that has historically suffered from territorial conflicts that are rooted in religious, cultural and ethnic divisions. In addition to territorial conflicts that have social and political economy dimensions, this region also suffers from terrorism; now a trans-boundary issue that has given rise to tribulations from religious militancy to the suppression of civil liberties. This interactive panel will discuss the multifaceted nature of conflict in South Asia and the prospects for peace. We will highlight movements from within and outside the region that are seeking reconciliation and exploring choices for promoting peace.

Background Reading

  1. Coll, S. (2004). Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. Penguin Press HC, The.
  2. Oldenburg Phillip, India, Pakistan, and Democracy: Solving the Puzzle of Diverging Paths (2010) Routledge
  3. Hansen, T. B., & Jaffrelot, C. (Eds.). (2001). The BJP and the Compulsions of Politics in India (2nd ed.). OUP India.
  4. Jaffrelot, C. (Ed.). (2007). Hindu Nationalism: A Reader. Princeton University Press.
  5. Kaplan, R. D. (2009, April). India’s New Face. The Atlantic. Retrieved from
  6. Rashid, A. (2012). Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Viking Adul

Dialogue Leaders

  • Dr. Saeed Shafqat is a visiting scholar at the College of Wooster. He also serves as Professor and Founding Director of the, Centre for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG) at Forman Christian University. Professor Shafqat has an M.A. (Geography) from the Punjab University, an M.A. (South Asian Studies) and Ph.D. (Political Science) from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  He is a founder member and former Chairman of the Department of Pakistan Studies established in 1973 at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He was Fulbright Fellow for the year 1992-93 and a Visiting Professor at Maison Des Sciences Del’homme, Paris (France) 2000 and Quaid-i-Azam Distinguished Professor and Chair (March 2001- May 2005), Pakistan Center at the School of International Affairs and Public Policy (SIPA), Columbia. His most recent book is New Perspectives on Pakistan: Visions for the Future (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2007).
  • Dr. Philip Oldenburg is a Research Scholar at the South Asia Institute of Columbia University, where he has taught political science since 1977. He has done field research in India on local self-government, and on national elections and has been editor or co-editor of ten books in the India Briefing series. Professor Oldenburg, in an online course for Colombia has unraveled the story of Pakistan, delving into the tumultuous past of this Muslim nation. His most recent book is India, Pakistan, and Democracy: Solving the Puzzle of Divergent Paths. (Routledge 2010).

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