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Where next for Britain and Pakistan?

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4 events exploring the relationship between Pakistan, Britain and the Pakistani diaspora in the UK.


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05 October 2011. Throughout October and the first half of November this year, the RSA, Samosa and City University London will present a series of four events exploring the complex and intimate relationships between Pakistan, Britain and the Pakistani diaspora in the UK.

Pakistan is a young country with an old history. In the last year alone it has had to contend with floods, assassinations, attacks on minority communities, the revelation Osama Bin Laden had been living there, terrorist attacks and the conflict in neighbouring Afghanistan. What is the future for modern Pakistan, and what can the diaspora networks in the UK do to support it?

This series will feature prominent figures from the worlds of politics, business, arts, charity, culture, religion, philanthropy, development and the media.

The programme will explore the historic, family, contemporary, economic, military and cultural ties between Britain and Pakistan and discuss the future for these relations both as part of the Commonwealth and in the context of a globalised 21st century.

Hereafter is the programme:

OCT. 10: ‘An Unbreakable Friendship’? Where Next for Britain and Pakistan?

The RSA, The Samosa and City University London present the first of a series of events exploring the complex and intimate relationships between Pakistan, Britain and the Pakistani diaspora in the UK.

Conservative Chairman Baroness Warsi visits the RSA to discuss contemporary Pakistan, its close and involved relationship with Britain, and the potential impact of the 1.2 million British citizens that have Pakistani heritage and ancestry.


Chair: Anwar Akhtar, director, The Samosa

Where: The RSA, London
When: October 10, 6.30pm
Booking information: CLICK HERE


OCT. 24: British Pakistanis and Pakistan, 21st Century Citizenship and Diasporas

The RSA, The Samosa and City University London present the second of a series of four events exploring the complex and intimate relationships between Pakistan, Britain and the Pakistani diaspora in the UK.

Acclaimed journalist and author Anatol Lieven joins a distinguished panel to discuss the relationship between Britain, Pakistan, and the British Pakistani diaspora. Do Westminster’s political and media networks engage sufficiently with the national British Pakistani community? Has the Prevent strategy resulted in the alienation of British Pakistani young people, and if so, how can more positive opportunities be created? Have the negative news reports and media narratives surrounding the conflicts in Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan effected community relations in Britain?


Join in for a panel discussion with Anatol Lieven, author of ‘Pakistan A Hard Country’; Zaiba Malik, author of ‘We are Muslim Please’; Jahan Mahmood, historian specialising in the role of Muslim soldiers who served in the British military; Anwar Akhtar, director, The Samosa; Rubia Dar, journalist, Pakistan International Peoples Association (PIPA)

Where: The RSA, London
When: October 24, 6.30pm
Booking information: CLICK HERE

NOV. 2: Pakistan in the Media: Changing the Narrative, bringing in new voices and talent.

The RSA, The Samosa and City University London present the third of a series of fourevents exploring the complex and intimate relationships between Pakistan, Britain and the Pakistani diaspora in the UK.

This third conference is a panel event at City University London 6.30 pm. Chaired by author Professor Ziauddin Sardar, featuring journalists, bloggers and film makers including; Medhi Hasan, senior editor, New Statesman; Zachary Latif Brown Pundits Blog; Mobeen Azhar, assistant producer, BBC Current Affairs; Nayha Kalia, editor, The Samosa; and Homa Khaleeli, commissioning editor, Guardian G2.

Where: City University London, Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre
When: November 2, 6.30pm
Booking information: [email protected]

NOV. 14: Can Philanthropy and Aid help Development in Pakistan?

The RSA, The Samosa and City University London present the third of a series of fourevents exploring the complex and intimate relationships between Pakistan, Britain and the Pakistani diaspora in the UK.

This fourth conference is a panel event with Jehangir Malik OBE, UK director, Islamic relief; Michael Green, author of ‘Philanthrocapitalism’, previously Head of Communications at the Department for International Development; Asif Rangoonwala, chair, British Pakistani Foundation; and Hugh Mclean, director, Open Society, Soros Foundation Education Programmes

Where: City University London, Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre
When: November 14, 6.30pm
Booking information: [email protected]

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