Jihad as Grand Strategy: Islamist Militancy, National Security, and the Pakistani State by Paul KapurJihad as Grand Strategy: Islamist Militancy, National Security, and the Pakistani State by Paul Kapur

Jihad as Grand Strategy: Islamist Militancy, National Security, and the Pakistani State

byPaul Kapur

Hardcover | November 4, 2016

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Islamist militants based in Pakistan have played a major role in terrorism around the world and pose a significant threat to regional and international security. Although the Pakistan-militant connection has received widespread attention only in recent years, it is not a new phenomenon.Pakistan has, since its inception in the wake of World War II, used Islamist militants to wage jihad in order to compensate for severe political and material weakness. This use of militancy has become so important that it is now a central component of Pakistani grand strategy; supporting jihad isone of the principal means by which the Pakistani state seeks to produce security for itself. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the strategy has not been wholly disastrous. It has achieved important domestic and international successes, enabling Pakistan to confront stronger adversaries and shape itsstrategic environment without the costs and risks of direct combat, and to help promote internal cohesion to compensate for its weak domestic political foundations. Recently, however, these successes of Pakistan's militant strategy have given way to serious problems. The militant organizations thatPakistan nurtured over the decades are increasingly exceeding its control; continued support for jihad diverts scarce resources from pressing domestic projects, impeding the country's internal development; and the militant campaign's repeated provocations have led India to adopt a more aggressiveconventional military posture. As Paul Kapur shows in Jihad as Grand Strategy, these developments significantly undermine Pakistani interests, threatening to leave it less politically cohesive and externally secure than it was before. Thus, despite its past benefits, the strategy has outlived itsutility, and Pakistan will have to abandon it in order to avoid catastrophe. This will require not simply a change of policy, but a thoroughgoing reconceptualization of the Pakistani state.
Paul Kapur is an Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
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Title:Jihad as Grand Strategy: Islamist Militancy, National Security, and the Pakistani StateFormat:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:November 4, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199768528

ISBN - 13:9780199768523

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"Jihad as Grand Strategy is not only a profound and comprehensive study of Pakistan's 69-year old strategy of using jihad as an instrument of defense, but also the first one. It is not possible to understand modern global jihad without understanding Pakistan's jihad strategy, which is thesource of modern jihad." --Arif Jamal, author of Call for Transnational Jihad and Shadow War