The South Asia Speaker Series will kick off when it hosts Jawad Khan, of the University of North Virginia, on Friday, Sept. 16. He will present “Pakistan Army operations in Swat in the aftermath of insurgency and floods.”
In 2009, the Pakistan Army carried out a major counter-insurgency operation–Operation Toar Tander–in Swat District against the Pakistani Taliban. Widely acknowledged, even by Pakistan’s critics, as militarily effective in pushing out the Taliban, the counter-insurgency operation was just one part of a broader civil-military effort to regain the area from the Pakistani Taliban. Khan will speak about both the Pakistan Army’s counter-insurgency campaign and the civil administrations attempts to rebuild an area devastated by Taliban rule, heavy fighting and the horrendous floods of 2010.
The South Asia Speaker Series was conceived in the fall of 2009 by Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Anthony Cerulli, Associate Professor of Political Science Vikash Yadav, and Associate Professor of Economics Feisal Khan. The purpose of the series is to foster awareness on campus of South Asian culture, history, and scholarship on issues pertaining to the countries in South Asia.
Jawad Khan is a former Pakistan Army officer. He graduated from King’s College in London with a master’s degree in war studies. He has also completed the British Ministry of Defense’s Advanced Command and Staff Course from the Joint Services Command and Staff College. Currently, Khan is a doctoral candidate at the University of Northern Virginia.
The talk will be held at 11:15 a.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.