The Subcontinental Podcast – Episode 1 – Dr. Rabia Akhtar


The Subcontinental South Asian Voices (SAV) is a podcast on strategic issues in South Asia. SAV is an online magazine featuring rising South Asian analysts. It aims to foster free-flowing, critical debate on South Asia’s security, economic, and political issues, with a special focus on nuclear matters.

Dr. Rabia Akhtar is the founding Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Policy Research at the University of Lahore. A contributor for SAV, she holds a PhD in security studies from Kansas State University. Rabia joins Host Sameer Lalwani to discuss a number of contemporary issues on the subcontinent including strategic dialogues, counterterrorism, nuclear summits, and intelligence cooperation. Rabia also discusses her current book project on Pakistan’s nuclear history counternarrative. Questions submitted by listeners on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SAVPodcast are also featured!

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4 thoughts on “The Subcontinental Podcast – Episode 1 – Dr. Rabia Akhtar

  1. Thank you for having me as your first guest. I really enjoyed recording it. Keep up the good work SAV team.

  2. Congrats SAV for taking this initiative. I am only mentioning two quotes here for the record to qualify what my question alluded to. Strobe Talbott discussing the negotiations after the nuclear tests conducted by India and Pakistan in 1998 writes, “The Pakistanis had no game plan. They always seemed to be either hunkering down, lashing out, or flailing about. Thus it was apparent from the outset that the Indians were going to be hard to move, while the Pakistanis were going to be hard to help.” Engaging India, Page 106.

    “While Jaswant’s team was highly disciplined in every respect, some of Shamshad Ahmad’s colleagues tended to be querulous, surly, and sometimes abusive. On one occasion, early in our dealings, a member of the Pakistani delegation exploded at our observation that his country seemed always to react in knee-jerk fashion to Indian moves. He rose out of his chair and lunged across the table as though he were going to strangle either Bruce Riedel or me, depending on whose neck he could get his fingers around first. He had to be physically restrained.” Engaging India, P. 105.

  3. Thanks for sharing the quotes, Sadia. 1998 was an emotional episode for Pakistan. I’m sure all this happened as Talbott records it. If you were to ask Bruce perhaps he would say the same but this display of emotionalism that was witnessed in 98 cannot be generalized to say that Pakistan always negotiates like that. Our diplomats throughout history have very skillfully maneuvered the outcome of negotiations with the U.S. to their advantage and you don’t get what Pakistan got out of the relationship by being emotional. You get it by being pragmatic, sharp and calculated. Thus my chuckle and response to your question cos I was looking at the bigger picture and not episodes.

  4. The new features for SAV keep coming.
    Congrats to SAV team.
    And to Rabs for being on the first podcast.

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