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From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs Office
July 11, 2012

Newport, RI --
Timothy D. Hoyt, Professor of Strategy and Policy and John Nicholas Brown Chair of Counterterrorism Studies at the US Naval War College, hosted the a panel entitled “Pakistan and Radicalisation: Implications for Pakistan, South Asia, and the West” at the annual conference of the British International Studies Association in Edinburgh, Scotland on 20 June 2012.
This panel is the first in a planned series of panels, roundtables, and conferences on the subject
of political radicalization in Pakistan and the diaspora. Six scholars and analysts from the U.S. and United Kingdom participated, covering a wide range of topics including the sources of radicalization in Pakistan; the makeup, education, and motivation of two militant groups focused primarily on Kashmir; the potential consequences of Pakistan’s continuing reliance on militant proxies; and some of the shortfalls in U.S. analysis of the AfPak strategy from 2009-2011.
“The objective of this conference was to get regional experts from both sides of the Atlantic
discussing a common concern,” said Professor Hoyt. “Our historical connections with Pakistan are quite different – the U.S.-Pakistan relationship has had major changes of course on several occasions in the last sixty years, for example, while the U.K.-Pakistan relationship has been less uneven. The U.K. also has a much larger Pakistani population than the U.S., and it is potentially much more vulnerable to radicalization.

"There are experts in each country who focus on Pakistan’s domestic politics, its role in 
regional affairs, and the potential threat Pakistan-based militants pose to regional and international security. The intent of this panel, and of follow-on events to be held in the U.K. and U.S., is to bring these scholars and policy makers together to discuss, analyze, and publish on these topics , and to begin a cross-disciplinary analysis of long-term trends in Pakistan and the region. As the US and Coalition draw down forces in  Afghanistan, it will be more important than ever to understand the sources of political radicalization in Pakistan, the threat it may present to Pakistan, and the ways in which militancy may affect the region.”

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