The unintended consequences of border politics


The unintended consequences of border politics

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Title: The unintended consequences of border politics
Author: Jackson, Jeffrey Stephen
Abstract: This report explores the reasons why the Pakistan tribal areas have become a haven and hotbed of radicalism and the steps being taken to reestablish control and to promote peace and stability in the region. It begins with a brief overview of the recent history (1893 to Partition) of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, followed by the political and cultural ramifications in the area due to the creation of Pakistan. Religion, tribal customs, socio-economic development and the unique political relationship between the FATA and the central government must be considered when forming policy recommendations and planning future engagements. The article concludes with an examination of recent initiatives by the U.S. and Pakistan to pacify the area, to include short term and long term strategies, and describes the ramifications of failure.
Department: Asian Studies
Subject: NWFP Partition Pakistan Afghanistan
Date: 2010-12

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