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The Military and Economic Development in Pakistan

May 9

03:00pm to 05:00pm

SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad

In view of the general public interest, SDPI is holding a Special Seminar on “The Military and Economic Development in Pakistan”. Dr Khan plans to review the concept of economic development and, in that context, explore the role of Pakistan’s military. He will turn next to an illustrative comparative performance of Pakistan’s economy under military compared to civilian administrations. He plans to show that there is little justification for military intervention on economic grounds; a claim it often makes during a take-over. The speaker will follow up by drawing on the literature to make a more detailed case for democracy as preferable to military governments for development and more broadly. Finally, Dr Khan will reflect on the military mindset that perpetuates its acquisitive behavior, creates social resentment and hence undermines its professional effectiveness.

Dr Shahrukh Rafi Khan is Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, USA and previously lectured at University of Utah, Vassar College, and Mount Holyoke College. He formerly served as executive director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad 200. He is published extensively in refereed journals and has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited several books. His recent authored and co-authored books include Basic Education in Rural Pakistan: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of Government, Private, and NGO Schools (Oxford: 2005); Harnessing and Guiding Social Capital for Rural Development (Palgrave/Macmillan: 2007); Initiating Devolution for Service Delivery in Pakistan: Forgetting the Power Structure (Oxford: 2007); and Export Success and Industrial Linkages: The Case of Garment Production in South Asia (Palgrave/Macmillan: 2009). His recent edited and co-edited books include International Trade and the Environment: Difficult Policy Choices at the Interface (Zed Books: 2002) and Market as Means or Master: Towards New Developmentalism (Routledge, forthcoming). Shahrukh has twice won the Akhtar Hameed Khan Book Prize and has been engaged in academic consultation for several international organizations including the UNDP, World Bank, UNESCO, UNEP, and UNICEF.  

Chair: Dr Abid Q. Suleri, Exuctive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)


  • Dr Shahrukh Rafi Khan, Copeland Fellow, Amherst College