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From 5 to 7 February 2016 
Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi
Karachi Literature Festival 2016


Jean-Luc RACINE, a PhD from Sorbonne University, is Emeritus CNRS Senior Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies (School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences -EHESS- Paris), and Senior Fellow at Asia Centre, a Paris based think tank. His current research addresses three main issues:

  • i) the internal dynamics of change in India;
  • ii) the ways emerging India redefines her position on the Asian and on the global chessboards,
  • iii) the geopolitics of South Asia, particularly Pakistan’s regional policy and India-Pakistan relations, including in their Afghan dimensions.

He has been part of second track circuits for many years. He speaks regularly in Asian, European and US institutions dedicated to international affairs or security studies, and appears in French and English speaking medias on South Asian affairs.

He has written or edited more than a dozen of books on India and on South Asia, including one coedited with Pakistani scholars Soofia Mumtaz and Imran Ali: Pakistan, Contours of State and Society, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2003 His last edited books in French have been focussed on “India and Asia” (2009) and, as a special issue of the geopolitical journal Herodote, on the “Geopolitics of Pakistan” (2010).

He is presently editor of the Asia Yearbook (Annuaire Asie) published by the French Government press La documentation française (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 forthcoming).

CURRENT RESEARCH He is currently researching on India’s West Asia policy, on China’s overall Asia policy and its impact on South Asia, and on revisiting the idea of India.

Jean-Luc Racine will participate at KLF Panel:

  • Kashmir: The Never-ending Conflict
    Sunday, 7 February 2016 - 10.00 a.m.–11.00 a.m.
    Mirza Waheed, Barkha Dutt, Jean-Luc Racine, and Rafique Kathwari
    Moderator: Farhan Bokhari

Olivier TRUC

Olivier TRUC has been a journalist since 1986 and has been based in Stockholm since 1994. He is currently the Nordic and Baltic regional correspondant for Le Monde. Olivier, who also previously worked for French daily newspaper Liberation, writes articles covering subjects spanning from politics, to economy, to social issues like immigration and minorities, with a special interest for the Arctic issues over the past years, and stretching from short news pieces to features and profiles.

He also produces television documentaries, including several 26 and 52 minutes documentaries broadcast in France, two of them awarded. One of the documentaries, "The last dive", tells the story of the North Sea divers who risked their lives and sanity to help Norway realize its dreams of oil prosperity. Two other documentaries shot in Norway and in France are about children born to German fathers during World War II, while one delves into the neo-Nazi movement in Sweden. Olivier’s last documentary, "The Reindeer Police", portrays a group of Norwegian policemen who belong to a special unit tasked with preventing conflicts connected to reindeer herding in Lapland.

Olivier has also written three books: "L’Imposteur" (The Impostor) (in French, 2006, Calmann-Lévy), and Dykaren som exploderade (The diver who exploded)(in Swedish, together with Christian Catomeris, journalist at SVT Aktuellt, 2008, Norstedts). Both books are based on personal stories, in-depth portraits and interviews.

Olivier’s first novel has just published (in French, Métailié, September 2012, published in UK/US in 2014). "Forty Days Without Shadow" is a thriller steeped in Sami and Nordic culture, figuring two officers in the local Reindeer Police.

His second novel ("The Wolf Strait", not translated yet), following «Forty Days Without Shadow », was published in France in September 2014.

Olivier TRUC will participate at KLF Panel:

  • Words and Images of the Day
    Saturday, 6 February 2016 - 3.00 p.m.–4.00 p.m.
    with Olivier Truc, Barkha Dutt, Farhan, Bokhari, and Fasih Ahmed
    Moderator: Ghazi Salahuddin
  • The White Stripe on the National Flag
    Sunday, 7 February 2016 - 12.30 p.m.–1.30 p.m.
    with Shaheen Attiq-ur-Rahman, Olivier Truc, Reema Abbasi, Sono Khangharani, and John O’Brien
    Moderator: Nazish Brohi
  • Compressed Tales: Urdu Digests and Digest Writers
    Sunday, 7 February 2016 -4.15 p.m.–5.15 p.m.
    with Shakeel Adilzada, Neelofar Abbasi, Haseena Moin, Haseeb Asif, Olivier Truc, Noor ul Huda Shah, and Mubashir Ali Zaidi
    Moderator: Zaheda Hina