Abstract of the Talk

Talk Title: Apparatus of Jihad: The State of Play
Date: Friday, 27th March, 2015
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Venue: Habib University Auditorium

For nearly 40 years Jihad has been an accepted part of the military-political elite's toolbox on carrying out Pakistan's foreign policy. Are we now on the cusp of realizing the damage this has done and are we on the verge of trying to change course. Can Afghanistan and Pakistan bring the Afghan Taliban in from the cold and make peace with Kabul and what impact will that have on the Pakistani Taliban. Finally is the Islamic State a viable option for extremists in the region to follow.

About Habib University Dean’s Lecture Series

The Habib University Dean's Lecture Series hosts distinguished individuals from around the world, who are leaders in their fields of business, government and social sectors, to share their views on critical issues prevalent in Pakistan.

Speaker Profile

Ahmed Rashid is a journalist and author based in Lahore who writes extensively on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia and accompanying US and NATO policies in the region. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books and many other journals and a regular commentator on the BBC and CNN. Rashid is the author of five books including bestsellers Taliban, Descent into Chaos, The Resurgence of Central Asia - Islam or Nationalism, and Jihad -the rise of militant Islam in Central Asia. His most recent book is Pakistan on the Brink - The Future of Pakistan, Afghanistan and America. His books have been translated into over 40 languages and are course books at over 200 universities and defence colleges. He has won numerous internationally awards and been appointed to many international committees and boards dealing with human rights, media freedom and the South Asia region.

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