How Pakistan Works

Lieven, Anatol (2008) How Pakistan Works. Global Policy Institute Policy Report. pp. 2-11.

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Abstract

The title for this essay comes from the fact that contrary to the general Western perception, Pakistan does actually work as a country, not as well as many, but better than some; and that it is in no immediate danger of collapse, except as a result of misguided and reckless US policies. Pakistan is in many ways surprisingly tough as a state and political society. The loss of Bangladesh in 1971 does not set a precedent for present-day Pakistan. The Pakistan of 1947-71, two regions with very different histories and cultures, separated by a thousand miles and a hostile India, could not possibly have lasted – no state so constructed could have lasted long. The provinces of West Pakistan however form much more of a unity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This text is an updated and expanded version of a lecture first presented on 30 January 2008 at a seminar hosted by the Global Policy Institute of the London Metropolitan University.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Global Policy Institute Policy Report, Global Policy Institute Policy Paper 5, GPI policy papers, Pakistan politics & history, United States foreign policy
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: David Pester
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2015 14:40
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2015 14:40
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/388

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