Announcing a new Meetup for Conflict Solutions International (London) - the Meetup!What
: August meetupWhen
: Thursday, August 5,[masked]:00 PMWhere
: Penderel's Oak
[masked] High Holborn, WC1V 7HP
London WC1V 6
Hi fellow international relations advocates,
Our next meeting?s topic is Pakistan
Some issues I would like to discuss & explore are
- Political system
Pakistan held its first parliamentary elections in 2007. But elections alone do not make a democracy; will Pakistan be a democracy in the future; what form of democracy will it be?
- Relationship with India
After the recent failed talks, the two sides seem far apart; claims of Pakistan?s Inter Services Intelligence involvement in the Mumbai assault of 2008 as well as the recent flare of violence in an anti-India demonstration in Kashmir keep the hope for progress low.
- Regional player in Afghanistan
What are Pakistan's foreign policy interests in Afghanistan? Is Pakistan supporting a Taliban led Afghanistan? According to a new report published by the London School of Economics but denied by Pakistan, Pakistan?s Inter-Services Intelligence agency not only funds and trains Taliban fighters in Afghanistan but is officially represented on the movement?s leadership council, giving it significant influence over operations (http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2010/06/13/new-report-accuses-pakistans-isi-of-backing-afghan-insurgents/)
- In the same context ? relationship/co-operation with the U.S.
Pakistan has been a key ally of the U.S., receiving billions of dollars in aid in return for its co-operation in the fight against al-Qaeda; Is Pakistan playing a douple game? what is Pakistan's foreign policy & security policy?
looking forward to meeting you for a lively discussion.
Some general information on Pakistan : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/country_profiles/1157960.stmhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/world/pakistanhttp://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/pakistan/index.html
Fatima Bhutto on Pakistanhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/video/2010/jun/03/fatima-bhutto-hay-festival
summary of interview with former president Musharraf at the Hay festivalhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/30/pervez-musharraf-pakistan-hay-festival
RSVP to this Meetup:http://www.meetup.com/intlrel-95/calendar/14199151/