This book details the domestic security concerns of Pakistan, encompassing the dangers of insurgencies, the effects of religious extremism and terrorism, and the malfunction of its political institutions.
Pakistan has been destabilized by insurgencies largely because of the overspill of events in neighboring Afghanistan. Pakistan has also suffered a history of disputes with India over the last 50 years. As a country situated in an extremely volatile geographic location and armed with nuclear weaponry, Pakistan's effect on global security should not be taken lightly.
In recent years Pakistan has emerged as a major security concern for the United States. The acts of terrorism that originate in Pakistan and its culture of extremism cause serious apprehension for the international community as well. Pakistan's ability to combat extremism within its borders and its policy towards Afghanistan will also play a large role in determining the success of U.S. military actions in Afghanistan. This volume will be the first to deal with a variety of emerging security issues of the country and their regional and international implications.
This volume examines the issues of utmost importance for Pakistan's stability and strategic balance, and explains their significance from the global perspective. Each chapter in this book addresses specific security challenges of Pakistan, both domestic and international.
Features • Maps and illustrations clarify key topics or historical events • Bibliography contains books and articles of relevance • Glossary defines key words and terms
Highlights • Considers issues from a unique perspective, offering insightful, atypical arguments • Establishes a clear connection between historic events in Pakistan's past that led to its present-day security threats
Syed Farooq Hasnat is adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC. He is former chairman of the Department of Political Science at the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan, and former head of the Middle East section of the Islamabad Institute of Strategic Studies. He also served as the Pakistan Chair at the University of Jordan's Institute for Strategic Studies, researcher at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and course coordinator for the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His published works include Pakistan: Unresolved Issues of State & Society.