New Meetup: August meetup

From: user 9.
Sent on: Saturday, July 24, 2010 4:52 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Conflict Solutions International (London) - the Meetup!

What: August meetup

When: Thursday, August 5,[masked]:00 PM

Where: 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 (

- 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 :

Fatima Bhutto on Pakistan

summary of interview with former president Musharraf at the Hay festival

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