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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
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
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
A flawed sense of security
The Saudi-Pakistan relationship, underpinned by opportunistic security interests, has run its course
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 can do little in solving Pakistan’s problem
The logic of containment
Using external pressures to bring about an internal transformation
C Raja Mohan
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