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Pakistan: prospects and perils

What's in store for Pakistan? Anatol Lieven forecasts. Listen now

Last week, the first of a series of terrorism.openDemocracy-sponsored seminars focused on the timely subject of Pakistan. Anatol Lieven delivered opening remarks, outlining a few of the scenarios facing the country as it endures emergency rule under General Pervez Musharraf. In this excerpt, Lieven argues that while there is little chance of an Iran-style Islamic revolution in the country, a truly democratic Pakistan remains a very remote possibility.

For a provocative, detailed discussion of the internal dynamics of Pakistani politics, click on the play button above.

Read all the latest analysis of the crisis in Pakistan on openDemocracy, with articles by Shaun Gregory, Irfan Hussain, and Ayesha Siddiqua.

About the author

Anatol Lieven is a professor in the War Studies Department of King’s College London and a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. A new, updated edition of America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism, was republished in September 2012 by Oxford University Press.

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