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The Future of Democracy in South Asia

Event: June 11, 2008, San Francisco

This program is part of the The Future of Democracy in Asia series and brings together some of the world’s leading experts on South Asia to consider critical questions facing the region: What are the prospects for containing the Taliban and bringing stability to Afghanistan? Is the American-led “war on terror” helping to stabilize politics in South Asia, or is it exacerbating already serious problems? Has the threat of religious extremism in the region peaked, or is it growing worse? What are the prospects for cleaning up political corruption across the region? What do the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Pervez Musharraf’s electoral losses mean for Pakistan? How does the recent US decision to allow India to import nuclear fuel and technology affect regional politics? What do these developments mean for U.S. foreign policy and American influence in Asia?


Larry Diamond (moderator) is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and author or editor of more than twenty books, including Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq, and the newly released The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World.

Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist and best-selling author who has covered Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia for 25 years. He writes for The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Review of Books, BBC Online, and The Nation and appears regularly on NPR, CNN, and the BBC World Service. His newest book is Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. Previous books include Jihad, Taliban (which has sold over 1.5 million copies), and The Resurgence of Central Asia.

Pradeep Chhibber is Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at U.C. Berkeley. Author of The Formation of National Party Systems: Federalism and Party Competition in Britain, Canada, India and the United States; Democracy Without Associations: Transformation of Party Systems and Social Cleavages in India, and numerous articles. Dr. Chhibber received an M.A. and an M.Phil. from the University of Delhi and a Ph.D. from UCLA.

Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi is president of California State University, East Bay. Author of eight books and more than 85 articles. Dr. Qayoumi was the senior advisor to the minister of finance of Afghanistan from 2002 to 2005 and remains on several boards of directors, including that of the Central Bank of Afghanistan. He has a degree in electrical engineering from American University of Beirut, an M.B.A. in finance and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

5:30 pm Reception/Book Signings

6:00-7:30 pm Program

India Community Center

525 Los Coches St., Milpitas, CA View Map

$10 Members/Students, $15 Non-Members

By special arrangement, please register at the “member” rate as a guest of The Asia Foundation. To register online, click here.

Co-sponsored by the Asia Society of Northern California, the India Community Center, and Business Executives for National Security

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