Show simple item record Kapur, S. Paul Ganguly, Sumit 2013-01-28T13:58:35Z 2013-01-28T13:58:35Z 2012
dc.identifier.citation Kapur, S. Paul and Ganguly, Sumit. "The Jihad Paradox: Pakistan and Islamist Militancy in South Asia." International Security, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Summer 2012), pp. 111–141, doi:10.1162/ISEC_a_00090 en_US
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dc.description.abstract Islamist militants based in Pakistan pose a major threat to regional and international security. Although this problem has only recently received widespread attention, Pakistan has long used militants as strategic tools to compensate for its severe political and material weakness. This use of Islamist militancy has constituted nothing less than a central component of Pakistani grand strategy; supporting jihad has been one of the principal means by which the Pakistani state has sought to produce security for itself. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, the strategy has not been wholly disastrous. Rather, it has achieved important domestic and international successes. Recently, however, Pakistan has begun to suffer from a “jihad paradox”: the very conditions that previously made Pakistan's militant policy useful now make it extremely dangerous. Thus, despite its past benefits, the strategy has outlived its utility, and Pakistan will have to abandon it to avoid catastrophe. Other weak states, which may also be tempted to use nonstate actors as strategic tools, should take the Pakistani case as a cautionary lesson. en_US
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dc.publisher MIT Press en_US
dc.rights No rights reserved. This work was authored as part of the Contributor’s official duties as an Employee of the United States Government and is therefore the work of the United States Government. In accordance with 17 U.S.C. 105, no copyright protection is available for such works under U.S. law. en_US
dc.title The Jihad Paradox: Pakistan and Islamist Militancy in South Asia en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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