Pakistan Between Iran and Saudi Arabia: What Islamic Connections?
Christophe Jaffrelot, Senior Research Fellow, The Center for International Studies and Research (CERI), Sciences-Po; Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology, King’s College London
Chair: Champa Patel, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House
Over the last 30 years, interactions between Pakistan and the Middle East have intensified. This is not only due to migration and formal strategic cooperation, but the development of Islamic networks. In a region where Saudi Arabia and Iran are fighting a cultural proxy war, and tensions between Sunni and Shia groups remain high, the speaker will discuss Pakistan’s role in these networks. He will question whether the country can continue to position itself equidistant from the two sides to avoid exacerbating sectarianism.