Inaugural Reading by Pakistani Scholars at Berkeley

The Pakistan Weekly Forum, in cooperation with the South Asia Center, UC Berkeley, presents the inaugural reading from the following titles: Rethinking the National Security of Pakistan by Ahmad Faruqui & Pakistan's Drift Into Extremism: Allah, The Army, And America's War On Terror by Hassan Abbas, on January 28. The panel: Ahmad Faruqui is a columnist for Daily Times, Lahore, and Pakistan Link, Newport Beach, California.

He is a fellow of the American Institute of International Studies and a member of Economists Allied for Arms Reduction. An economist specializing in defense and energy analysis, he is the author of "Rethinking the National Security of Pakistan", Ashgate Publishing, 2003. Hassan Abbas, is currently a Research fellow at the Harvard Law School and a PhD candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA. His articles have been published in leading Pakistani and US newspapers. His book 'Pakistan's Drift Into Extremism: Allah, The Army, And America's War On Terror' examines the rise of religious extremism in Pakistan, and analyzes its connections to Pakistan Army's policies and the fluctuating US-Pakistan relations. Professor Tariq Rahman is currently the Quaid-i-Azam Scholar on Pakistan Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

He is a National Distinguished Professor at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan. Professor Rahman has published widely on language, literature and linguistics. He is the author of 12 books and has contributed 95 scholarly articles to books and journals. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Sheffield, where he served as a British Council Research Scholar. Zulfiqar Ahmad is the president of Eqbal Ahmad Foundation and a Senior Associate with The Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development. He has been involved with various NGOs working on education and security issues over the last ten years and has also been a frequent writer on foreign policy and security issues for various US and South Asian newspapers.


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