Pakistan at the Crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures

Hardcover | April 12, 2016

EditorChristophe Jaffrelot

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In Pakistan at the Crossroads, top international scholars assess Pakistan's politics and economics and the challenges faced by its civil and military leaders domestically and diplomatically. Contributors examine the state's handling of internal threats, tensions between civilians and the military, strategies of political parties, police and law enforcement reform, trends in judicial activism, the rise of border conflicts, economic challenges, financial entanglements with foreign powers, and diplomatic relations with India, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and the United States.

In addition to ethnic strife in Baluchistan and Karachi, terrorist violence in Pakistan in response to the American-led military intervention in Afghanistan and in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas by means of drones, as well as to Pakistani army operations in the Pashtun area, has reached an unprecedented level. There is a growing consensus among state leaders that the nation's main security threats may come not from India but from its spiraling internal conflicts, though this realization may not sufficiently dissuade the Pakistani army from targeting the country's largest neighbor. This volume is therefore critical to grasping the sophisticated interplay of internal and external forces complicating the country's recent trajectory.

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In Pakistan at the Crossroads, top international scholars assess Pakistan's politics and economics and the challenges faced by its civil and military leaders domestically and diplomatically. Contributors examine the state's handling of internal threats, tensions between civilians and the military, strategies of political parties, poli...

Christophe Jaffrelot is research director at the Centre de recherches internationales (CERI) and Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). He teaches South Asian politics at Sciences Po (Paris) and King's College (London). His books on Pakistan include Pakistan: Nationalism Without a Nation? (2002), A History of Pakistan an...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:April 12, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231173067

ISBN - 13:9780231173063

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Pakistan, the Interface State, by Christophe JaffrelotPart I: The Domestic Scene1. The Military and Democracy, by Aqil Shah2. The Operational Dynamics of Political Parties in Pakistan, by Muhammad Waseem3. The Judiciary as a Political Actor, by Philip Oldenburg4. Turmoil in the Frontier, by Mariam Abou Zahab5. Internal Security Issues in Pakistan: Prospects of Police and Law Enforcement Reform, by Hassan Abbas6. Pakistan's Economy: Domestic Dissent and Foreign Reliance, by Shahid Javed Burki and Dann NaseemullahPart II: The International Dimensions7. Pakistan-Afghan Relations Since 2001: There Are No Endgames, by Avinash Paliwal8. U.S.-Pakistan Relations Under Obama: Resilience of Clientelism?, by Christophe Jaffrelot9. Pakistan-China Symbiotic Relations, by Farah Jan and Serge Granger10. Pakistan Between Saudi Arabia and Iran: Islam in the Politics and Economics of Western Asia, by Sana HaroonList of ContributorsIndex

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[Pakistan at the Crossroads] provides detailed insight into the myriad internal challenges facing Pakistan and the tensions characterizing its diplomatic relations with neighbors and Great Powers.... useful for anyone who wants to understand the reasons behind Pakistan's current predicament.... Recommended,