Coping with a Failing Pakistan
This brief takes a look at the state and nation Pakistan and argues that it seems to be in a downward spiral. The present policy of focusing on internal stability while encouraging Pakistani cooperation on Afghanistan and good relations with India is probably optimal, although it is unlikely alone to bring about Pakistan’s domestic transformation. These policies will not succeed unless Pakistanis, notably in the army, soon come to terms with their decaying state, rising radicalism, feeble economy and a waning spirit of national identity.
© 2011 Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF)
Stephen P Cohen