Monday, 13 January 2014

Understanding Pakistan: Pakistan in the post- 9/11 world: Troubled or Troubling?

With Moeed Yusuf (Unites States Institute for Peace, USA)

Western perceptions of Pakistan tend to be uniformly negative – corrupt,
dysfunctional and dangerous are only a few adjectives that come to
mind. For years, Pakistan has been perceived by many observers of global affairs as a stumbling block towards regional and global security and peace. With this dominant biased view, many dimensions of Pakistan’s developments have been overlooked. What actually constitutes Pakistani society and which powers define its politics?

These questions become especially significant as Pakistan prepares to elect a new government. What are the hopes and visions of the Pakistani electorate and how are these reflected in their political perceptions? What role do the media play in the dynamics of politics and the formation of public opinion?  What is the economic potential of the country and how does it affect the prospects of the Pakistani youth? How does Pakistan deal with the increasing threats of climate change? And how does the country see itself in South Asia and the world?

This is the last lecture of the series “Understanding Pakistan”, that aimed at shedding light on selected issues in Pakistani society and politics and thus contributing to a more holistic picture of Pakistan. For this purpose, we invited renowned Pakistani experts to demystify the complexities of Pakistan and bring an understanding to this pivotal and important regional player.


A cooperation with the Social Science Research Center
Berlin/Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB) and the Centre for Development Studies/Zentrum für Entwicklungsländerforschung (ZELF) of the Free University of Berlin.