The Warrior State

The Warrior State

Pakistan in the Contemporary World

Book - 2014
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In The Warrior State, noted international relations and South Asia scholar T.V. Paul untangles this fascinating riddle. Paul argues that the "geostrategic curse"--akin to the "resource curse" that plagues oil-rich autocracies--is at the root of Pakistan's unique inability to progress. Since its founding in 1947, Pakistan has been at the center of major geopolitical struggles: the US-Soviet rivalry, the conflict with India, and most recently the post 9/11 wars. No matter how ineffective the regime is, massive foreign aid keeps pouring in from major powers and their allies with a stake in the region. The reliability of such aid defuses any pressure on political elites to launch the far-reaching domestic reforms necessary to promote sustained growth, higher standards of living, and more stable democratic institutions. Paul shows that excessive war-making efforts have drained Pakistan's limited economic resources without making the country safer or more stable. Indeed, despite the regime's emphasis on security, the country continues to be beset by widespread violence and terrorism
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780199322237
0199322236
Characteristics: xii, 253 pages : maps ; 25 cm

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SEBoiko
Jul 20, 2014

Why then has Pakistan been let off scot free, despite being the biggest source of nuclear proliferation in the contemporary era?

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SEBoiko
Jul 20, 2014

Pakistan has been extraordinarily obsessed with security and particularly the military balance with its neighbor.

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SEBoiko
Jul 20, 2014

the Pakistani elite pursued several geopolitically oriented policies at the expense of political and economic reform.

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SEBoiko
Jul 09, 2014

The end of the Cold War owes much to the Soviet Union's failure in Afghanistan.

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