Conference@934: From Afpak to PakAf, with Christophe Jaffrelot
In the conference series called "CONFERENCES@934" and organized by the French Consulate, the visiting Professor at Columbia University Christophe Jaffrelot, gave a lecture in partnership with the Alliance program:
« From AFPAK to PAKAF?: Pakistan and the Regional Security Issue in South Asia »
World renowned political scientist specializing in South East Asia, Christophe Jaffrelot served as the director of the CERI (Center for International Studies and Research, Sciences Po) from 2000 to 2008.
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Speech by the Consul general, Philippe Lalliot:
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Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to welcome you to the Consulate of France. Today we are inaugurating a new series of conferences in partnership with Columbia University. I would like to express my thanks in particular to Vanessa Scherrer, who is with us this evening. Without her this project would never have seen the light of day.
The series of conferences that we baptize today, “CONFERENCES@934”, will bring together two key figures each month. One French expert and one American expert, who will confront their analyses on a topic concerning international relations.
In order for the discussion to be as free as possible, the opinions expressed here will be entirely those of our speakers. They will not reflect official positions of the French Government.
In the coming months we will have meetings devoted to discussing various topics, such as the European Union after the Lisbon Treaty in December, Islam in Europe in January, the Reform of NATO, the fight against Pandemics, the Consequences of the increase of Debt and Deficits on economies in recession, etc.
We are open to your suggestions in order to help us determine the program and likewise to your reactions after each conference is held.
You will be informed of conference dates and the experts who will participate through the website of the Consulate, our Facebook page and our Twitter Page, which I invite you to consult regularly.
Today’s subject is Afghanistan and Pakistan: “From AFPAK to PAKAF, Pakistan and the regional security issues in South Asia.” It seemed relatively obvious to us that there is not a more appropriate subject to start this series.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I will refrain from making any commentary on the subject in the presence of the two leading academic experts who are at my side.
Christophe Jaffrelot is Professor at Sciences-Po. He was Research Director of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Director of the Center for International Studies and Research of Sciences-Po from 2000 to 2008. He also participated in the review Critique Internationale. He published several articles and books, in particular on India and Pakistan. Christophe Jaffrelot is the Alliance Visiting Professor at Columbia University for the fall 2009. He teaches a course on Democracy in India at the School of International and Public Affairs to masters students.
When I was posted in Paris, around two years ago, we realized that our knowledge of Pakistan was far too approximate to hope to understand that country and to pursue an effective policy. We asked our Policy Planning Staff to organise meetings at the Quai d’Orsay with the best specialists in order to educate us. Christophe Jaffrelot was obviously one of the mainstays of these meetings. I’m very happy to meet him again today.
I am also very happy to welcome Alfred Stepan, an equally prestigious leading figure in academia. Alfred Stepan has been a visiting professor in many universities abroad, including at Sciences Po in 2006.
Al Stepan is the Wallace Sayre Professor of Government at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and also the Co-Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University. Professor Stepan is admired worldwide for his research in comparative politics, which have focused in particular on democracy and theories of democratic transitions, federalism, and on the world’s religious systems. One of his most recent publication is Democracies in Multinational Societies: India and Other Polities (Johns Hopkins: 2007).
I will not delay any longer in turning the discussion over to Christophe Jaffrelot for twenty minutes. Next, Our two guests will debate for twenty minutes and then we will have around thirty minutes of question and answer.
We will stop around 7:30pm.
Christophe, the floor is yours.