Darkness Before Dawn? The Future of Pakistan

Javed Jabbar, IUCN Council Vice-President and CEC Regional Vice-Chair, presented this keynote address at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference.  

Javed Jabbar at the March 2011 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference Photo: www.carnegieendowment.org

Darkness Before Dawn? The Future of Pakistan
Tuesday, March 29, 2011  – Washington, D.C.

According to Western media reporting, the trend lines in Pakistan are decidedly negative: the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is in doubt, Pakistani politicians are unable to rescue the economy, and the India obsession of Pakistan’s military leaders ignores the threat to internal security posed by the terrorist groups Pakistan harbors. This reporting obscures a more nuanced reality, in particular, the complexity and reality of Pakistani society and the factors which are likely to shape a positive future. Javed Jabbar, a leader of civil society, talked about how the past and present merge and may separate to build a stable future for Pakistan and South Asia. View the address >>

About the conference

The 2011 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference focused on new actors and new agendas, reflecting the dynamism of the global nuclear order and the need to develop cooperative responses to challenges being posed by changing technology, distributions of political power, interest in nuclear energy, and security conditions in key regions. The conference explored the motivations and interests that shape the positions that emerging major powers from the developing world are taking regarding the core bargains of the nonproliferation regime. The 2011 conference also gave more prominent treatment to the responsibility of private industry in making nuclear technology safer and more secure.

Featuring new perspectives and new voices from around the globe, the conference attracted over 800 participants from more than 43 countries—including high-ranking government officials, policy and technical experts, industry leaders, academics, and journalists.


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