Pakistan, Its Neighbours and Regional Security
09:00, 12 Mar 2010
RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
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PLACES AVAILABLE: Open to all
About the event:
Despite the presence of NATO troops in Afghanistan for almost eight years, the trust deficit between and Afghanistan and Pakistan and lack of coordination between the two countries has exacerbated the threat posed by the Taliban insurgency to Pakistan’s security and integrity. The stability of the Afghan state, effective counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency, and wider efforts at governance are imperative for Pakistan, as well as Afghanistan and the West.
Pakistan's recent military operations in South Waziristan and North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) have been welcomed by NATO forces. They have however raised important questions about military strategy, the true centre of gravity of militants in the border regions, the political implications of Pakistan's role in the war on terror, and India-Pakistan rivalry. This conference will address these and other questions in the context of the most recent developments in Pakistan, at a time when the country has assumed centre stage in the overhauled Af-Pak strategies of the US and its allies.
With a panel of senior Pakistani and British experts, conference themes will include:
- Pakistan's regional security strategy: general threat perception, internal security and alliances
- Pakistan's Afghanistan strategy: military strategy, relations with Kabul, divergence in US/NATO and Pakistan’s approaches to militancy
- The war within: attitudes to Pakistan's military operations in Swat and South Waziristan, and the insurgency in Balochistan
- The eastern front: status of the peace process and composite dialogue, broader relations with India, and third parties such as China and the US