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10. March 2010

Arshi Saleem Hashmi Amerika Haus © WwB

Arshi Saleem Hashmi

Arshi S.Hashmi + C. Ultsch © WwB

Arshi S. Hashmi and Christian Ultsch

Arshi S. Hashmi in the Amerika Haus © WwB

“We don’t want to lose our country”: Pakistan in Crisis: Female Voices from the Ground

Arshi Saleem Hashmi about the current change and crisis in Pakistan

The expert on Religion and Politics of Violent Conflicts with special reference to South Asia was invited by Women without Borders / SAVE and the US Embassy in Vienna to give a talk about Pakistani society and its politcal spectrum from a different angle than usually shown through media channels. When it comes to Pakistan, the first associations we make are usually Islamism, Tribalism, Ethno-Nationalism and Secularism.
But Pakistan is a society full of contradictions. Besides the violence and extremism, there are a growing number of young people and a civil society that are demanding participation and freedom of expression. With the growing possiblities of electronic communication, a discourse about the political situation and Islam is beginning to evolve.
Please click here in order to watch the panel discussion on video.

Arshi Saleem Hashmi is member of SAVE Pakistan and parcitipated in the 2nd global SAVE conference "Security in Safe Hands" at the end of February in Vienna.

Short Bio
Ms. Hashmi received her MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the School of International Service (SIS), The American University in Washington DC. Ms. Hashmi is currently working on her PhD in International Relations at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. Ms. Hashmi is working as Senior Research Analyst at the Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad, and as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the National Defense University (NDU). She has also been teaching at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, (NIPS) and the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. Prior to her work at the Institute of Regional Studies, Ms. Hashmi has worked as a researcher in Washington DC with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Middle East Institute in the US.
In 2000 Ms. Hashmi was awarded the Kodikara Research Award by the Regional Center for Strategic Studies (Colombo) in collaboration with the Ford Foundation, which resulted in a book entitled ‘Conflict Transformation from Ethnic Movement to Terrorist Movement’.


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