Pakistan: Struggling Through the Perfect Storm – By Teresita C. Schaffer
Publisher: Centre for Strategic and International Studies
The attack on the authority of the Pakistani state that is being played out on the front pages of today’s newspapers has been building up for the better part of a decade.
Re-establishing a stronger political and state structure is possible, but becomes more difficult each time the state appears to cede control to the insurgents.
The U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan acknowledges the central importance of strengthening the Pakistani state.
In practice, the United States has only indirect influence over the key ingredient in such an effort—the determination of Pakistan’s leaders and the effectiveness of its basic government institutions.
This article discusses in detail the mounting violence in Pakistan, attacks on state institutions, the growth of the Pakistani Taliban in the border areas and Swat, as well as the responses of the Pakistani government, the army, civilians, top politicians and the Obama administration.
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