In this title, international experts analyze Pakistan's security and insurgency issues, looking at the threats posed to and by this nuclear-armed Islamic nation. The only country in Islamic world to be formed in the name of Islam and a nuclear power, Pakistan today is struggling for its very existence and is at war with itself. "Pakistan's Quagmire" focuses on the insurgency in Pakistan, a security problem not only for the country, but also for the region and the rest of the world. To foster a thorough understanding of the many aspects of the issue, the book looks at both theoretical and practical aspects, from international relations, conflict processes, and political Islam to the annihilation of the TTP, the presence of Al-Qaeda in tribal regions, and the role of Pakistani military and agencies. The essays are contributed by international scholars, journalists, economist, nuclear security experts, security analysts, and strategists.
A unique contribution, "Pakistan's Quagmire" will be an essential resource for students in conflict processes, security studies, political Islam, and US foreign policy as well as for policymakers and professionals looking to better grasp the quagmire caused by insurgency and the ongoing war on terror in Pakistan.
Dr. Usama Butt is a political and security researcher/analyst based in the UK. An op-ed columnist at Khaleej times, he has written for many other newspapers & blogs in the UK, Middle East and Pakistan. His specialties lie in global Islamist movements and Middle Eastern/South Asian region.
Contributors; Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1. Pakistan's Salvation: Islam or Western Inspired Secular-Liberal Democracy?; Chapter 2. Promising Partnership? American Af-Pak Strategy and Pakistan's Counter-terrorism Response; Chapter 3. The Economic Cost of Extremism; Chapter 4. Insurrection, Terrorism, and the Pakistan Army; Chapter 5. The Existential Threat: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and al Qaeda in Pakistan?; Chapter 6. Al Qaeda: The Threat from Tribal Pakistan; Chapter 7. Safety and Security of Pakistan's Nuclear Assets; Chapter 8. Politics of IDPs: A fall out of Politics of Domestic and Foreign Actors; Chapter 9. The Prospect of a Populist Islamist Takeover of Pakistan; Chapter 10. "We are the Soldiers of Islam": Tehreek-e-Taliban and the Ideology of Terror; Chapter 11. Women in Jihad: Emerging Discourses in Pakistan Epilogue; Glossary.