Pakistan: Beyond the Security State

Where current Pakistan-related "security" conversations mostly focus on the Pakistan army, Af-Pak, relations with India, Islamist movements, or nuclear weapons and proliferation, this project seeks fresh approaches and broader frameworks that address insecurities such as those posed by anemic economic development, explosive population growth, faltering public institutions, environmental degradation, resource mismanagement, and rising class and ethnic tensions. In exploring these issues, this project is especially interested in foregrounding Pakistani voices toward highlighting the often complex, surprising and capacious ways in which different groups of Pakistanis think about their individual and national “security.” By drawing new perspectives and topics into conversations about Pakistan’s “security”, this project offers alternative ways of thinking about policy and international relations in this part of the world.

This project will be run in conjunction with the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley. Our first event in this series is a conference to be held on February 27-28, 2015 in the Heyns Room, University of California, Berkeley Faculty Club. 

CONFERENCE AGENDA

February 27

8:50: Welcome & Introduction: Munis Faruqui, Neil Joeck

9:00

  • Structural Deficits and Economic Insecurity: Dann Nasimullah
  • Hawala and Financial Intelligence: Noman Baig
  • Modernity and Socioeconomic Conditions in Southern Punjab: Ayesha Siddiqa

10:30: Coffee/Tea Break

11:00

  • PeaceNiche: Finding Space for Contested Issues: Sabeen Mahmud
  • Private Electronic Media and Radicalization: Kiran Hassan
  • Poetic Imagination: Nosheen Ali

12:30: Lunch

1:30

  • PONM and Ethno-nationalisms: Nukhbah Taj Langah
  • Gwadar Port and the Necropolitics of National Identity: Hafeez Jamali
  • Securing Water and Remaking National Space in India and Pakistan: Majed Akhter

3:00: Coffee/Tea Break

3:30 

  • Informal Drivers of Social and Religious Instability: Matthew Nelson
  • Humanizing Security: Samia Altaf
  • What Does the Constitution have to do with Human Security?: Paula Newberg

February 28

9:00 

  • State Capacity and Nutrition: Shandana Khan Mohmand
  • Population Density and Shared Kitchens: Naila Mahmood
  • The Informal Economy: Mohammed Ali Jan

10:30: Coffee/Tea Break

11:00

  • Middle Class Views: Patronage, Alienation and the State: Aasim Sajjad Akhtar
  • Middle Class Culture in Lahore: Ammara Maqsood
  • Tenant Farmers and Civil Society: Mubbashir Rizvi

12:30: Lunch

1:30

  • Pious Masculinity and Islamic Order: Arsalan Khan
  • Politics of Religious Sentiments: Sadia Saeed
  • The State, Security and the Pakistani Shia Experience: Mashal Saif

3:00: Coffee/Tea Break

3:30

  • Summary, Conclusion & Conference Discussion: David Gilmartin, Kamran Ali

5:30: Adjourn

This effort is part of Pakistan@BerkeleyRead more here >>

 

Image credit: Inspired from Islam Gull's cover for Granta 112