Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The future of Pakistan - BBC Analysis

I have taken up listening to BBC's Analysis (feed), a program which attempts to analyze what ideas and powers shape British public policy. After issues about ecological policy and social science studies into moral choices, there was the last program of the season, which really stuck out and needs to be heard together with the latest podcasts I highlighted about geopolitcs, about Pakistan.

The scare word applied to Pakistan is 'Jihadistan'. The main point of the program is to show how Pakistan is edging dangerously close to becoming a state controlled by Jihadists. This as a result of a two way development, where the more moderate powers and the establishment are having little or a lessening grip on the country and religious fundamentalists are springing up in all regions together, albeit concerted or independently.

There is also a point that as a state Pakistan was never quite capable of controlling all regions and this called, in me, for questions about it being, maybe, a failed state. In that case a Jihadistan does not only mean a threat to Britain, to India and to geopolitical stability, but it would mean a deterioration of internal order, much in the way is already happening in remote areas such as Waziristan or the notorious Swat valley. The description of how jihadist militias recruit young kids are reminiscent of examples of other failed states such as Sudan and Congo.

More:
Sudan and the fallacy of nationhood,
Repairing failed states,
Lakhdar Brahimi about Afghanistan and Iraq,
Global Geopolitics,
Faith based diplomacy.
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