Religious Majoritarianism on the Subcontinent: Impacts on Domestic Tranquility and Regional Security

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WHAT: A luncheon panel discussion on religious majoritarianism in India and Pakistan and its potential impact on domestic politics and regional stability. Join us for a candid discussion with four eminent scholars in this area. Sameer Lalwani will serve as moderator.
WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036.
WHEN: Thursday, July 27, 2017, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
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Pervez Hoodbhoy, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Forman Christian College
Pervez Hoodbhoy taught for 40 years at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad and is now a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Forman Christian College, Lahore. He graduated from MIT was undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, and a Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Physics. In 1968 he won the Baker Award for Electronics, and in 1984 the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics. He was a Visiting Professor at MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Maryland.

Sadanand Dhume, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Dhume writes about South Asian political economy, foreign policy, business, and society, with a focus on India and Pakistan. He is also a South Asia columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He has worked as a foreign correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review in India and Indonesia and was a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society in Washington, D.C. His political travelogue about the rise of radical Islam in Indonesia, My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with a Radical Islamist, has been published in four countries.

Madiha Afzal, Assistant Professor at University of Maryland and Non-Resident Fellow at Brookings
Afzal’s work examines the roots of intolerance, extremism, and anti-Americanism in Pakistan; the links between education and radicalization; and elections, voter behavior and legislator performance in Pakistan. Dr. Afzal writes regularly for Pakistani and international publications including Dawn, The Express Tribune, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, and The Cairo Review. She was named to Lo Spazio della Politica’s list of Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013.

Gautam Mehta, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Gautam Mehta is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Middlebury College. He is working as a research assistant with Walter Andersen and Sridhar Damle on a book on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the parent organization of India’s ruling BJP. He previously worked as an investment banker. 

Sameer Lalwani, Senior Associate and Deputy Director, South Asia Program, Stimson Center

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