Advisory - India in the Arc of Turbulence: Noted Journalist Launches New Lecture Series on India

    OTTAWA, Aug. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - M.J. Akbar, the renowned Indian
journalist, editor, and author will inaugurate The India Lectures under the
auspices of Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on
August 28. Akbar will speak on "India in the Arc of Turbulence from the Nile
to the Ganges - Implications for Geo-Politics." He will touch on the growing
power of Iran, the evolution of Pakistan, the situation in Afghanistan, and
the role of India.

    Date: Thursday, August 28, 2008
    Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    Where: 150 Kent (corner of Albert), 8th Floor

    Akbar has written extensively on the impact of Islam in the changing
political and security environment of South Asia. As a leading, highly
respected Muslim voice in India's media, he helped launch several
publications, including Sunday, The Telegraph, The Asian Age, and most
recently, Covert. He is also the author of numerous political books.
    Akbar's lecture inaugurates a year-long series organized by IDRC. The
India Lectures will highlight the wealth of eminent thinkers and stimulating
ideas emanating from this rising global power. The series is being held to
celebrate IDRC's 25th anniversary of its office in New Delhi and the Centre's
enduring and valued collaboration with its Indian research partners.
    The event is open to the media. Spaces are limited and journalists are
encouraged to register by calling Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé at 613-236-6163,
ext. 2343.
    For more information, visit

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For nearly
40 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 236-6163, ext.
2343, (613) 816-7620,

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