Taming the Frontier: Pakistan’s Counterinsurgency Campaign in the FATA — By Uzair Younus

As militancy engulfed Pakistan in recent years, the power disparity between the Pakistani military and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)-led insurgency worked against the former, prompting the military to resort to heavy-handed, counterproductive tactics in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) that exposed the central government’s political vulnerabilities. This article adapts Ivan Arreguin-Toft’s framework for understanding […]

Daniel Markey on the Evolving U.S.–Pakistan Relationship – by Sukanya Banerjee and Michael Mori

Daniel Markey, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses U.S.-Pakistan relations, Pakistan’s domestic situation, the U.S. drone program, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and reconciliation with the Taliban.

The ‘Unmanned’ Conflict in Pakistan – By Neha Ansari

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Is Pakistan undergoing an armed conflict as defined by International Humanitarian Law and are the CIA-operated drone attacks in compliance with the legal regime?

The Role of Leadership and Rhetoric in Identity Politics: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a Case Study – By Bilal Baloch

This paper uses the speeches of Altaf Hussain, the political and spiritual leader of The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, as a lens for examining MQM ideologyand its development. The framework to carry outthe analysis are divided into three phases: (i)1985-1992, defining ideology; (ii) 1993-2002, exile and development; (iii) 2003-2010, gaining legitimacy. This paper concludes that, while […]

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.