Speaker: Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa, Charles Wallace Fellow at St. Antony's, Oxford University,
The role of Pakistan in Afghanistan, according to some, remains critical and, often, contested. Analysts argue that the concept of ‘strategic depth’ defines the way Pakistan’s military establishment views Afghanistan. What is ‘strategic depth’? Is it really a definitive vision that steers Pakistan’s foreign policy towards Afghanistan? What impact will this have on the future of militancy in South Asia? In her talk, Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa, demystifies the evolution and interpretation of ‘strategic depth’.
Dr. Siddiqa did her Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College, London and is author of two books on Pakistan's military, Pakistan's Arms Procurement and Military Buildup, 1979-99 In Search of a Policy, and Military Inc, Inside Pakistan's Military Economy. She was the first Pakistan Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Ford Fellow at The Bonn International Centre for Conversion and a Senior Research Fellow at the Cooperative Monitoring Centre, Sandia National Laboratories, USA. She has contributed in various international academic journals on defence expenditure, arms production, civil-military relations and militancy and extremism in Pakistan and South Asia. Her latest work focuses on socio-political of radicalism and militancy in Pakistan. Dr Siddiqa was also a civil servant and has served as the first and only female and civilian Director of Naval Research with Pakistan Navy.
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