Pakistan's War on Terrorism
Strategies for Combating Jihadist Armed Groups since 9/11
By Samir Puri
Routledge – 2012 – 162 pages
Series: Asian Security Studies
This book examines Pakistan's strategies in the war against Islamist armed groups that began late 2001, following the 9/11 attacks.
The significance of the war inside Pakistan can hardly be understated. Starting in the tribal territories adjacent to Afghanistan, Pakistan’s war has come to engulf the majority of the country through a brutal campaign of suicide bombings. Thousands of Pakistani lives have been lost and the geostrategic balance of the region has been thrown into deep uncertainty.
Pakistan's War on Terrorism is an account of a decade-long war following the 9/11 attacks, that is yet to be chronicled in systematic fashion as a campaign of military manoeuvre and terrorist reprisal. It is also an analytic account of Pakistan’s strategic calculus during this time, both in military and political terms, and how these factors have been filtered by Pakistan’s unique strategic culture.
This text will be of great interest to students of Asian Politics, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Security Studies in general.
Introduction 1. Aims and Structure of the Book 2. Strategy and Pakistan's Conflict with Islamist Armed Groups 3. Managing the Pashtun: Antecedents to Pakistan's Frontier Strategies 4. US Coercive Diplomacy and Pakistan's Slide into War (2001-2002) 5. Pakistan Coerces the Tribes in South Waziristan (2002-2004) 6. Deal Making in South and North Waziristan (2004-2006) 7. Game Changers: Islamabad's Lal Masjid Siege and Loosing Swat (2007) 8. Drones, Suicides Bombing and Coercing the Pakistani State (2006 onwards) 9. War on Multiple Fronts: Swat, Khyber, Bajaur and South Waziristan (2008-2009) 10. Assessing Pakistan's Strategies
Samir Puri is a doctoral candidate at Cambridge University, and is managing editor of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.