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Political Crisis in Pakistan: The Military, the Government, the Opposition

  • 18 Feb 2015
  • 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM
  • Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown - 1400 Welton St., Denver, CO 80202

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Christine Fair

Assistant Professor, Peace and Security Studies Program, at Georgetown University


5:30 pm - Networking Reception 

6:00 - 7:15pm - Talk and Q+A



In the 2013 national elections, Pakistan saw its first successful democratic transition in 66 years. Recent protests, by the opposition, however, are seeking the resignation of Prime Minister Sharif and destabilizing an already fragile democracy.  Throughout the years, the Pakistani army has maintained a high degree of control over the country’s politics, and fears of army intervention in this military-coup-prone country are high.  Dr. Christine Fair will discuss the probability of military intervention and what it means for the country.


About Dr. Christine Fair

Dr. Fair is an assistant professor in the Peace and Security Studies Program, at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Previously, she served as a senior political scientist with the RAND Corporation, a political officer to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul, and as a senior research associate in USIP's Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention. She is also a senior fellow with the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Her research focuses on political and military affairs in South Asia. 


Her book, Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War, will be available for sale and signing at the program.


Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army's Way of War: Why does the army persist in pursuing these revisionist policies that have come to imperil the very viability of the state itself, from which the army feeds? In Fighting to the End, C. Christine Fair argues that the answer lies, at least partially, in the strategic culture of the army. Through an unprecedented analysis of decades' worth of the army's own defense publications, she concludes that from the army's distorted view of history, it is victorious as long as it can resist India's purported drive for regional hegemony as well as the territorial status quo. Simply put, acquiescence means defeat. Fighting to the End convincingly shows that because the army is unlikely to abandon these preferences, Pakistan will remain a destabilizing force in world politics for the foreseeable future.


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Please understand that we have a 72- hour cancellation policy. Refunds will only be given for cancellations received prior to 72 business hours prior to event. 


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