In this seminar, Professor Anatol Lieven will elaborate on some of the key arguments presented in his latest book, Pakistan: A Hard Country
. In particular, he will touch upon those foundational factors that have contributed to make Pakistan the country that it is today: a negotiated state, perceived as constantly on the verge of collapse, while at the same time showing incredible resilience.Arne Strand
, Research Director at CMI, and Hans-Inge Langø
, Researcher at NUPI, will act as discussants. There will also be an open discussion afterwards. The seminar will be chaired by Marco Mezzera
, Senior Adviser at NOREF.
The seminar is co-hosted with the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre
Professor Anatol Lieven is chair of international relations and terrorism studies at King's College London, and a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. He was previously a journalist, who reported from South Asia, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe for The Times and other publications. His books include Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power, America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism and, with John Hulsman, Ethical Realism: A Vision for America's Role in the World. Lieven has travelled extensively for research in Pakistan and other parts of the Muslim world. His book, Pakistan: A Hard Country was selected by the Daily Telegraph as one of the '2011 Books of Year'.