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Book Lecture: The Pakistan Cauldron

Mon, Nov 14, 2011, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

You are cordially invited to a book lecture for

The Pakistan Cauldron: Conspiracy, Assassination & Instability  

with author
James P. Farwell

introduction by
Joseph D. Duffey 
Senior Vice President of Laureate International Universities, Former Director of USIA 

Monday, November 14
4:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20026

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This event is sponsored by IWP’s Center for Culture and Security.   

About the book

The killing of Osama bin Laden spotlighted Pakistan’s unpredictable political dynamics, which are often driven by conspiracy theory, paranoia, and a sense of betrayal. In Pakistan, the late prime minister Benazir Bhutto famously declared, there is “always the story behind the story.” In The Pakistan Cauldron, James P. Farwell explains what makes Pakistani politics tick. Farwell has advised the Department of Defense on terrorism, sovereignty, and the political issues in the Middle East, Africa, and Pakistan. Here he reveals how key Pakistani political players have inconsistently employed the principles of strategic communication to advance their agendas and undercut their enemies. Pakistan is an enigma to many. Only by understanding the complex forces that shape Pakistani leaders can we uncover their shifting political agendas and how they affect America and the West. Farwell explains how and why former president Pervez Musharraf clamped down on nuclear scientist A. Q. Kahn and isolated him. He assesses Benazir Bhutto’s unique legacy and analyzes how Musharraf handled the aftermath of her assassination. He explains Pakistan’s current instability and demonstrates how the country’s emotional reaction to bin Laden’s death is best understood as the outcome of long-standing political dynamics. The Pakistan Cauldron is for anyone who needs to know why Pakistan continues to pose increasingly difficult challenges for the United States and the West. 

About the author

James P. Farwell is a Senior Research Scholar in Strategic Studies at the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Farwell has served as a consultant to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence), Special Operations – Low Intensity Conflict, U.S. Special Operations Command, and U.S. Strategic Command. He is an internationally recognized subject matter expert in strategic communication and cyber warfare.