New Study on Police and Law Enforcment Reforms in Pakistan

Stabilizing Pakistan Through Police Reforms
Report by the Asia Society's Independent Commission on Police Reforms in Pakistan

Launch Event at Asia Society in New York
July 24, 2012: 6:00-8:00 pm
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Launch Event at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC
July 25, 2012 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
(organized in association with the Middle East Institute)
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Picture Source: Guardian/AFP

Experts from both Pakistan and the United States have collaborated to provide a framework for law enforcement reform in Pakistan. The culminating report by the Independent Commission on Pakistan Police
Reform is the result of extensive interviews conducted throughout Pakistan with experienced police officials, security analysts, and legal experts, in addition to articles contributed by experts in the field. Police reform efforts in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are also discussed in the report besides an assessment of the law
enforcement reform models of the US, Indonesia and Turkey and their relevance to Pakistan.


Hassan Abbas is a Senior Advisor at Asia Society and Professor of International Security Studies at National Defense University's College of International Security Affairs. He is the project director
and Editor of the report.

Aitzaz Ahsan is a Barrister-at-Law and a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He is a former Federal Minister for Law and Justice, Interior, Narcotics Control, and Education. Elected to the
Senate of Pakistan in 1994, he then served as the leader of the House and the leader of the Opposition. He was previously the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

Arif Alikhan is a former Distinguished Professor of Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at National Defense University. He previously served as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security and as Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety for the City of Los Angeles.

Suzanne DiMaggio (moderator in NY event) is Vice President of Global Policy Programs, where she oversees Asia Society's task forces, working groups, and Track II initiatives aimed at promoting effective policy responses to the most critical challenges facing the United States and Asia.

Wendy Chamberlin (moderator for DC Event ) is President of the Middle East Institute. She previously served as Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees from 2004 to 2007. A 29-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign
Service, she was Ambassador to Pakistan from 2001 to 2002.

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David Couper said…
In the matter of reforming police, I would like to suggest a read of my new book on improving police and getting police to be democratic in their actions, “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police.” My blog is at where I discuss these and other current police improvement issues. Good luck and may we all experience great policing!

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