ISAS and Pakistan@Berkeley-- a campaign to broaden and deepen Pakistan related research, teaching and programming at UC Berkeley, invite you for a talk by Ayesha Siddiqa, famed Pakistani military analyst, author and political commentator.
The American war in Afghanistan against terror is far from over yet the best part of the military-strategic relationship seems to have come to an end. It is beginning of a phase that historically is ridden with greater divergence of interests than convergence. While the bitterness seem to outline the bilateral ties, Islamabad is keen to diversify its strategic options - looking at building a linkage with China and Russia instead. Although the civilian leadership is on board with the military as far as building ties with China and Russia are concerned, there appears to be a gap of understanding regarding the overall geo-political strategy. What are the challenges of a changing global game for Pakistan and its impact on civil-military relations will be one of the main emphasis of the talk.
Ayesha Siddiqa is currently a research associate with the South Asia Institute of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She is a Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College, London and an author of two books on Pakistan's Military: (a) Pakistan's Arms Procurement and Military Buildup, 1979-99: In Search of a Policy , and (b) Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy . She was the inaugural Pakistan fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Ford Fellow, a Research Fellow at CMC Sandia, and Charles Wallace Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford. She has also taught at the Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, and Quaid-e-Azam University. Dr. Siddiqa has contributed in various academic journals and is currently working on her book on discourses of radicalism in Punjab and Sindh