15 discussion on Kashmir, Afghanistan and religion, ethnicity and
the strategic balance in South Asia
and the Strategic Balance in South Asia," a discussion by scholars
and journalists about Kashmir and Afghanistan in relation to the South
Asian region. The discussion is part of the 17th Annual South Asia
Conference at Berkeley, hosted by the University of California, Berkeley's
Center for South Asia Studies.
Friday, Feb. 15,
from 6- 8 p.m at the International House Auditorium at UC Berkeley.
The discussion is free and open to the public. The rest of the conference,
which runs through Saturday, requires a fee and registration. To register,
or for more information, contact the Center for South Asia Studies
at (510) 642-3608.
Experts on the Afghanistan/Kashmir
panel discussion will include:
associate professor of political science, UC Berkeley, and holder
of the Indo-American Community Chair in India Studies.
a journalist and political analyst who contributes stories to papers
and journals in Pakistan and India, and is consulting editor of
"The Friday Times" of Lahore, Pakistan.
professor of Asian studies and government, University of Texas at
Austin, a specialist on Kashmir.
a member of the Department of State's policy planning staff, is
responsible for Afghanistan, Indo-Pakistani relations and issues
involving the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Columbia University's Quaid-e-Azam Distinguished Professor of Pakistan
Studies and the founder and former chairman of the Department of
Pakistan Studies established in 1973 at Quaid-e-Azam University,
Kashmir is a disputed
territory at the heart of tensions between India and Pakistan. The
present tensions between the two countries over the territory has
led to a situation described recently by U.S. officials as the closest
the two countries have been to war since their 1971 conflict. The
fact that both India and Pakistan possess nuclear weapons has raised
the possibility of a destructive war on an unimaginable scale.
Janet Gilmore, Media Relations (510) 642-5685