Rafiq Dossani, PhDSenior Research Scholar; Executive Director, South Asia Initiative (former)
Improved India-Pakistan relations?Shorenstein APARC News
One week after the death of Osama bin Laden, the world continues to ponder the big question: With the head of al Qaeda gone, now what? Many experts have expressed concern about other terrorists allegedly still hiding in Pakistan. Looking to the future of South Asia, senior research scholar Rafiq Dossani predicts improved India-Pakistan relations despite Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram's recent tough-sounding call for Pakistan to arrest suspected terrorists.
Peaceful protest as a means for overcoming discriminationShorenstein APARC Op-ed: San Francisco Chronicle on March 6, 2011
In a recent San Francisco Chronicle op-ed, Rafiq Dossani asks: "Why did many Muslim Indians watch [the January 25] events in Egypt unfold with a personal interest?" He suggests that despite a difference in the governments of Mubarak-era Egypt and democratic India, the peaceful protest carried out in Egypt could serve as a positive model for overcoming discrimination.
Shorenstein APARC News
While it is known as a leading center for the study of contemporary Northeast Asia, the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) has also conducted significant research and publishing activities about South Asia for more than a decade. Rafiq Dossani, a senior research scholar at Shorenstein APARC and a former director of Stanford's Center for South Asia, serves as the executive director of the Center’s South Asia Initiative. Addressing key South Asia issues, his diverse research interests range from entrepreneurship and technology to economics and security. Read more »
Rafiq Dossani emphasizes the importance of acknowledging Gujarat's past as it looks to the futureShorenstein APARC News
India's western state of Gujarat is positioning itself for overseas investment, having already attracted investment pledges from major domestic entities such as the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group and the Tata Group. Shorenstein APARC senior research scholar Rafiq Dossani, who participated in the January 2011 Vibrant Gujarat road show, emphasizes that amidst the excitement over economic growth, the state must still deal with the legacy of the communal riots in 2002 that killed hundreds of people and has led to the ghettoization of the state’s Muslims, who represent 10% of its population.
Shorenstein APARC scholars provide essential insight into Obama Asia visitShorenstein APARC News
President Barack Obama's visit to Asia encompassed India, Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan and drew attention and questions from around the world about his actions and intentions in each country, and his overall plan for U.S.-Asia relations. Shorenstein APARC scholars Gi-Wook Shin, Donald Emmerson, Daniel Sneider, and Rafiq Dossani provided the media with essential expertise and insight into the many aspects of Obama's meetings with leaders and his presence at major regional meetings.
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