Book event: Shaking Hands with Clenched Fists: The Grand Trunk Road to Confidence Building Measures between Pakistan and India
- Date: –12:00
- Location: Universitetshuset Sal I
- Lecturer: Asma Shakir Khawaja, Assistant Professor at the National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad
- Organiser: Department of Peace and Conflict Research and Uppsala Forum
- Contact person: Magnus Öberg
The book is the first ever factual, theoretical and academic account of Pakistan’s position, interests and perspective regarding Confidence Building Measures between Pakistan and India. This research deliberates upon Pakistan’s intentions and policies to forge peace with India at different conjectures of history. Shaking Hands provide a coherent and comprehensive analysis of the subject matter.
The Title of her Book “Shaking Hands with Clenched Fists” reflects regional attitude towards peace initiatives and processes during last Seventy Years. She intends to analyze the trajectory of CBMs between the two key players in South Asia while also focusing on the “drivers of mistrust,” commonly known as spoilers and dividers. It further explores the opportunities, and pitfalls, of CBMs across a range of issues from “core” areas such as the military and nuclear threats, to increasingly important areas such as water conflicts, economic competition, and the role of civil society and the media so on and so-forth. It is important to understand that Shaking Hands discusses CBMs as a Process NOT as a Product. CBMs are means to achieve an end – a sustainable positive peace. It is important to understand that the prime job of CBMs is to create an appetite for peace. And this book is a humble effort to achieve this end.
Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja is author of, “Shaking Hands with Clenched Fists: The Grand Trunk Road to Confidence Building Measures between Pakistan and India.” She is an Assistant Professor at the National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad, where she has been a faculty member since 2008. A diligent academic, Asma had the honor of being the team member to establish Pakistan’s first ever Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at NDU in 2008. Dr. Khawaja received her Doctorate in South Asian Studies from the Institute of South Asian Studies, Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg Germany, and MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. Furthermore since 2011, she is associated with V-Dem Project as the regional manager for South Asia.