Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

Obituary: Dr. Lawrence Ziring

Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

Obituary: Dr. Lawrence Ziring

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We sadly announce that Prof. Dr. Lawrence Ziring, a Western Michigan University Professor Emeritus, and political scientist who was internationally known as a leading expert on Pakistan, died on July 17 in Kalamazoo. He was 86.

He was one of the most learned scholars of the permanent panel of the peer reviewers for our Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society (Historicus).

Ziring, who entered college on the GI Bill after serving during the Korean War, was the first American student to enter the Pakistan Programme at Columbia University, and he visited Pakistan regularly starting in 1957. He earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia. In addition to his WMU faculty position, he held teaching positions at Columbia, Lafayette College, Syracuse University; and Dhaka University in Bangladesh.

He was also one of the world's leading authorities on South Asia, geopolitics, U.S. foreign policy for that region and NATO. He retired from WMU in 2004 as Professor Emeritus of political science and the Arnold E. Schneider Professor Emeritus of international relations.

During his more than 37 years at WMU, Ziring helped expand the University's international activity, serving as director of the Institute of Government and Politics. In 1982, his research and outreach activities were recognized when he was named a WMU Distinguished Faculty Scholar, the University's highest honour for a faculty member.

He was the author or coauthor of dozens of books and articles on geopolitical issues, including the 2004 work "Pakistan: At the Crosscurrent of History." That book was hailed by those in and outside of that nation as a concise, perceptive and lucid history of the young nation that walks a historical tightrope between the fundamentalist Islamic forces that hold great internal power and the demands of a Western world determined to stamp out the roots of terrorism. …

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