The last few decades have witnessed an effort by the 'puritanical' view of Islam from the Arabian heartland to penetrate the syncretist Asian periphery. There is a need to reverse the flow of Islamic ideas. Because Islam is not a political or economic ideology, the U.S. cannot get involved in intra-Islam discourse. It should only provide support to moderate Muslims to move forward on their own.
Will the latest diplomatic engagement between India and Pakistan lead to lasting peace, or simply be another in a long string of disappointments?
A seminar by Dipankar Banerjee, Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, and Dmitri Trenin, Deputy Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.
Anatol Lieven reports on the Pakistani elections and security dynamics emanating from Afghanistan through Pakistan and into Kashmir.
The rapprochement between Bhutto and Sharif could alter the course of Pakistani politics. During the last decade, Pakistan’s democratic evolution was hindered by the rivalry between these two leaders. Now, Sharif has expressed solidarity with Bhutto by withdrawing his nominations after hers were rejected. The battle between supporters of democracy and the military establishment has just begun.