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Pakistan and Afghanistan: Beyond the Taliban
Juan Cole analyzes political and economic developments in contemporary Pakistan and Afghanistan. He argues that Western preoccupation with “crisis” and “radicalism” in Pakistan has caused observers to miss the success of an expanding white-collar middle class in demanding a rule of law and a return to civilian rule after nearly a decade of military dictatorship. He questions the idea that there is a purely military, and especially Western military, solution to the problem of Talibanism in northwest Pakistan and southern Afghanistan, analyzing the insurgency as several distinct groups driven in part by religious nationalism and anti-imperialism.

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