The West's Vital Interests in Pakistan
Anatol Lieven, Chair, International Relations and Terrorism Studies, King's College London and Senior Fellow, New America Foundation, Washington DC
Chair: Sir Jeffrey James, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
The speaker will assert that Pakistan, not Afghanistan, should be given more consideration in terms of strategic importance by the UK and the West because of its size and significant military capabilities. He will argue that core Western policy with regard to Pakistan should revolve around protecting the state from Islamist revolution, while suggesting that the country is far more resilient than it looks.