Development and the Battle for Swat – By Rabia Zafar

This paper examines the story of Swat, a Taliban militants foothold just 70 miles outside of the Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad,through the prism of human development, taking a narrow view of the ongoing unrest among Taliban militants, the central government, and the disaffected people of the area.

Rabia Zafar is a doctoral student at the FletcherSchool of Law and Diplomacy, concentrating in Human Security and Southwest Asia. Prior to Fletcher, she was researching the relationship between development and extremism in Pakistan. Rabia received a BA at the University of Virginia and an MIA from Columbia University’s School of International Public Affairs.

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