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Pakistan and the ‘War on Terror’


On 13 November, ICSR and terrorism.opendemocracy.net hosted a roundtable discussion on the current situation in Pakistan. Prof. Anatol Lieven of King’s College London set out different scenarios on how the ongoing ‘emergency’ is likely to be resolved. The possibility of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal falling into the hands of Islamist extremists was very slight, he said. The emergence of a genuine democracy, however, was equally unlikely. The discussion, which followed Prof. Lieven’s introductory remarks, revolved around the position of the army in the current crisis as well as the roles played by various political actors in contemporary Pakistan.