Video On Demand

Trends in Militancy across South Asia: A Region on the Brink

April 16, 2013 • 8:00 – 11:30 am EDT

South Asia is fast approaching a period of profound change and potential upheaval. Troop withdrawals, pivotal elections, and domestic political strife highlight concerns over regional stability. Amidst these looming shifts, militant organizations are altering and adapting their behavior, relationships, and tactics, with potentially significant consequences for the region. High-profile anti-Shia violence in Pakistan is but one of these frightening developments. It remains to be seen if the U.S.-led redeployment from Afghanistan will be viewed as a “defeat” by militant groups in South Asia, and if so, to what effect. To explore the trends in South Asian militancy, their potential impacts, and possible responses to them, please join CSIS on Tuesday, April 16th for the release of “Trends in Militancy across South Asia: A Region on the Brink,” featuring an on-the-record discussion with report authors, and topical and regional experts.


8:00-8:30AM: Registration

8:30-8:35AM: Welcome and Introduction by Dr. John Hamre, President and CEO, and The Pritzker Chair, CSIS

8:35-9:00AM: Keynote Address 

  • LTG Michael Flynn, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

9:15-10:15AM: A Region on the Brink: A Conversation with the Authors

  • Tom Sanderson, Co-Director, Transnational Threats Project, CSIS
  • Stephanie Sanok, Acting Director, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program, CSIS
  • Moderator: The Honorable Juan Zarate, Senior Adviser, CSIS and former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism

10:30-11:30AM: The Future of South Asian Stability

  • Ambassador James Dobbins, Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND National Defense Research Institute 
  • Gretchen Peters, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton and Author, Seeds of Terror
  • Stephen Tankel, Assistant Professor, American University and Non-resident Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Moderator: Tom Sanderson, Co-Director, Transnational Threats Project, CSIS


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Thomas M. Sanderson