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Pakistan - A Hard Country: seminar with Anatol Lieven

co-hosted with Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
26 April 2012, 14.00-16.00
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Hausmannsgate 7

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.

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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 Peace Research Institute Oslo  (PRIO). Please register here .

Program:

14:00-14:10 Introduction and welcome remarks by Kristian Berg Harpviken, PRIO Director.
14:10-14:40 Presentation of the book by Professor Anatol Lieven, chair of international relations and terrorism studies at King's College London
14:40-15:10 Comments by Arne Strand, Research Director for the Peace, Conflict and State research group at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), and by Hans-Inge Langø, Researcher at NUPI
15:10-16:00 Open discussion, moderated by Marco Mezzera, Senior Adviser at the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF)

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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'.

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