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Pragati February 2009: Pakistan needs a MacArthur

Here’s the February 2009 issue of Pragati, a special on Pakistan.

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

This issue argues that if a stable, prosperous and peaceful Pakistan is in the common interests of India, the world’s major powers and indeed the wider international community, then it is incumbent upon them to engage in a MacArthur-like intervention to transform Pakistan. Merely providing more financial assistance, albeit under different budgetary heads, is unlikely to suffice. In fact, as our in-depth look at one of Pakistan’s biggest jihadi organisations suggests, the export of terrorism from the country is only likely to grow.

In a discussion on India’s options, we examine the role of the use of force; surgical strikes are a fallacy, but credible military capabilities are a necessity. And as the book extract shows, there is a need for skilful diplomacy to use external pressures to bring about internal changes in Pakistan.

In a second perspectives section, we review Pakistan’s relations with its key benefactors—the United States, Saudi Arabia, China and Europe—and highlight how the dynamics of these relationships are changing. The composite picture suggests that after the terrorist attacks on Mumbai, and the arrival of the Obama administration, there is an opportunity for India to engage in bold, imaginative diplomacy to galvanise the international community to radically change Pakistan’s course.

Pragati - The Indian National Interest Review

Issue 23 - February 2009

Contents [Download 2MB PDF]


MacArthur should return

Only an international intervention can transform Pakistan

Nitin Pai

Pakistan 2020

Nine alternative futures

K Subrahmanyam, Pakistan Planning Commission, United States National Intelligence Council, Sohail Inayatullah, MD Nalapat, Nadeem Ul Haque, Stephen P Cohen, Rohit Pradhan & Harsh Gupta and R Vaidyanathan


Essential readings of the month

Ravi Gopalan & Vijay Vikram


The assembly line of international terrorism

Why the threat from Jamaat-ud-Dawa is set to rise

Wilson John


Surgeries are messy

Surgical strikes are a conceptual fallacy and not a prudent option

Srinath Raghavan and Rudra Chaudhuri

Kind words and guns

Effective diplomacy needs credible military capacity

Sushant K Singh

Allies, not friends

The US and Pakistan will need to recast their awkward relationship

Dhruva Jaishankar

A flawed sense of security

The Saudi-Pakistan relationship, underpinned by opportunistic security interests, has run its course

Bernard Haykel

New dynamics of an all weather friendship

China’s influence in Islamabad has been subordinated to US priorities in the region

Zorawar Daulet Singh

Europe’s dilemma

Europe can do little in solving Pakistan’s problem

Richard Gowan


The logic of containment

Using external pressures to bring about an internal transformation

C Raja Mohan

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