Pakistan: Beyond the 'Crisis State' [NOOK Book]

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Bringing together an extraordinary array of experts, including the renowned Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, the Pakistani American sociologist and historian Ayesha Jalal, and Zahid Hussain, author of Columbia University Press’s Frontline Pakistan: The Struggle with Militant Islam and more recently The Scorpian's Tail, Maleeha Lodhi offers a unique volume that takes stock of Pakistan’s fundamental strengths and weaknesses. Lodhi also includes the work of Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, chair of Islamic studies at ...
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Overview

Bringing together an extraordinary array of experts, including the renowned Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, the Pakistani American sociologist and historian Ayesha Jalal, and Zahid Hussain, author of Columbia University Press’s Frontline Pakistan: The Struggle with Militant Islam and more recently The Scorpian's Tail, Maleeha Lodhi offers a unique volume that takes stock of Pakistan’s fundamental strengths and weaknesses. Lodhi also includes the work of Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, chair of Islamic studies at American University in Washington, D.C., and Munir Akram, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations from 2002 to 2008. These individuals lend critical perspective to Pakistan’s possible future. Drawing a portrait of Pakistan as seen by its people, the volume assesses the political, economic, social, and foreign policies of the government and its institutional challenges. It captures the nation’s complex interplay between domestic and external pressures, such as the various powers that continue to manipulate the country’s fortunes. Ultimately, the book argues Pakistan and its people can transform their country into a stable modern Muslim state. Nevertheless, bold reforms are required to make this outcome a reality. This book offers an agenda for broad ranging reforms to take Pakistan beyond the crisis state.
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Editorial Reviews

The Economist

This collection of essays edited by Maleeha Lodhi, a former Pakistani ambassador to Britain and America, is timely and different: a look at Pakistan by seasoned, hard-nosed Pakistanis who know the troubled nation from the inside, toil to set it right

Foreign Affairs
The many specialties assembled assure the kind of thorough coverage not possible for any single author.

— L. Carl Brown

Middle East Journal
Taken together, the chapters in Lodhi's collection leave the impression that most of the dire predictions heard about Pakistan's future are overstated and its failings reversible.

— Dr. Marvin G. Weinbaum

Choice

...highly instructive, well written, and replete with useful summaries of key concerns.

Anatol Lieven

Pakistan is an excellent book, one that brings out some very important points about the surprising stability of the country beneath the alarmism of the daily headlines, forming a useful antidote to the general perception about Pakistan in the West.

Mohammed Yaqub

Written by the country's top intellectuals, this book provides extraordinary insight into today's Pakistan.

Ian Talbot

This timely study looks beyond the headlines of terrorism and natural disaster that dominate western perceptions of Pakistan. The contributors argue that contemporary security challenges and longer term demographic pressures and energy shortages can be overcome if Pakistan possesses the political will to undergo wide-ranging institutional, educational, and structural economic reform. The themes of governance and the interconnectedness of domestic politics and international relations run throughout the volume. Historical analysis and policy prescriptions of a high order are combined in a text that should be required reading for those not only concerned with contemporary South Asia but also global security concerns.

Malou Innocent

Far removed from the reductive and excessively alarmist rhetoric pervading foreign policy discourse, Pakistan: Beyond the "Crisis State" offers a sober and comprehensive appraisal of the problems plaguing the Islamic republic. What sets this book apart from others on Pakistan is its detailed account of the country's intractable crises, accompanied by lucid, compelling, and empirically supported policy recommendations that, in a time of tremendous uncertainty, may illuminate a pathway to hope.

Najam Sethi

A compelling book that examines Pakistan's challenges and offers a way out.

Foreign Affairs - L. Carl Brown

The many specialties assembled assure the kind of thorough coverage not possible for any single author.

Doctor; Middle East Journal - Marvin G. Weinbaum
Taken together, the chapters in Lodhi's collection leave the impression that most of the dire predictions heard about Pakistan's future are overstated and its failings reversible.
Middle East Journal - Dr. Marvin G. Weinbaum

Taken together, the chapters in Lodhi's collection leave the impression that most of the dire predictions heard about Pakistan's future are overstated and its failings reversible.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231800129
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,213,006
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Maleeha Lodhi has twice served as Pakistan's ambassador to the United States and as ambassador to the United Kingdom. Formerly an editor of two of Pakistan's leading daily newspapers, The News and The Muslim, she has served on the United Nations Secretary General's advisory board on disarmament, taught at the London School of Economics, and has been a fellow at Harvard University and at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. In 1994, Time named her one of a hundred individuals who will help define the twenty-first century.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Contributors xi

Abbreviations xxi

Introduction Maleeha Lodhi 1

1 The Past as Present Ayesha Jalal 7

2 Why Jinnah Matters Akbar Ahmed 21

3 Why Pakistan Will Survive Mohsin Hamid 35

4 Beyond the Crisis State Maleeha Lodhi 45

5 Army and Politics Shuja Nawaz 79

6 Praetorians and the People Saeed Shafqat 95

7 Ideologically Adrift Ziad Haider 113

8 Battling Militancy Zahid Hussain 131

9 Retooling Institutions Ishrat Husain 149

10 An economic crisis state? Meekal Ahmed 169

11 Boosting Competitiveness Muddassar Mazhar Malik 201

12 Turning Energy Around Ziad Alahdad 231

13 Education as a Strategic Imperative Shanza Khan Moeed Yusuf 251

14 Pakistan as a Nuclear State Feroz Hassan Khan 267

15 Reversing Strategic 'Shrinkage' Munir Akram 283

16 The Afghan Conundrum Ahmed Rashid 305

17 The India Factor Syed Rifaat Hussain 319

Concluding Note Maleeha Lodhi 349

Notes 353

References 377

Index 379

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