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
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

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