Pakistan is one of the most important states in the international system and a key concern of western security. This collection identifies a set of national and regional/international trends which will be critical in determining the medium to long-term stability and cohesion of Pakistan, yet which have received relatively little attention elsewhere. Experts on different aspects of Pakistan explore issues of political Islam, minorities, wider political trends, and the economic impacts of the recent floods to seek to explain some of the key drivers of change within Pakistan, and to reflect on the dynamics of US-Pakistan relationships and Pakistan’s rethinking of its regional relationships to understand key regional and international dynamics shaping Pakistan’s future. This book will be of interest to scholars in south asian political studies, ethnic studies and international relations.
This book was published as a special issue of Contemporary South Asia.
1. Introduction: A state in flux - Pakistan in the context of national and regional change 2. Beyond moderation: dynamics of political Islam in Pakistan 3. Under the shadow of Islam: the plight of the Christian minority in Pakistan 4. Continuity and change in Pakistani politics 5. Economic impacts of the floods in Pakistan 6. The US–Pakistan relations after a decade of the war on terror 7. The reorientation of Pakistan’s foreign policy toward its region