Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 23, 2009

Great Decisions Series to Feature April 30 Lecture about Terrorism in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan

Vandana Asthana, Ph.D., who specializes in environmental security issues in the India-Pakistan region, will present the fourth lecture in the 52nd annual Great Decisions Lecture Series at Whitworth University. The series features five speakers who focus on current political, cultural and economic subjects of interest to the international community. The public is invited to attend the lectures free of charge.

Asthana will present "Cross-Border Terrorism in the Shadow of Jihad: The India-Pakistan-Afghanistan Triangle" on Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

Asthana, who is assistant professor of government at Eastern Washington University, previously chaired the department of political science at Christ Church College, Kanpur, India, where she taught international politics and South Asian governance. Her areas of specialization are international relations and environmental security. She has served on delegations for confidence-building measures between India and Pakistan and has served as a consultant for the Indian government on water security issues. Her current work focuses on resource conflicts in the region and the intermix of regionalism and globalization of terror in South Asia. 

Vandana Asthana holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Kanpur, India, and a doctorate in natural resources and environmental sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been associated with the India chapter of the Ford Foundation-funded project RCSS, Sri Lanka, on environment and security in South Asia. Her publications include three books, Politics of the Environment, India’s Sub Continental Policy, and Theory of International Politics, and two edited volumes, Security in South Asia: Trends and Directions and Advances in Environmental Bio Pollution.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Barbara Brodrick, academic program assistant, political science department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3270 or bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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