Making Sense of Pakistan By Farzana Sheikh - Asia Society Event in New York - November 18

Making Sense of Pakistan
Featuring: Farzana Shaikh, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London

Nov 18, 2009 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Asia Society: 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

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. SHOP Asiastore for the book now.

Schedule: 6:00 – 6:30 pm Registration; 6:30 – 8:00 pm Program

Please note: this event will also be a free video webcast from 6:30 to 8:00 pm EST on Online viewers are encouraged to send questions to

Policy programs at the Asia Society are generously supported by the Nicholas Platt Endowment for Public Policy.


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