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dc.contributor.authorPaul, T. V.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T18:56:51Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T18:56:51Z
dc.date.issued2014-02-27
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/51307
dc.descriptionPresented on February 27, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm in Warlaw Center Gordy Roomen_US
dc.descriptionSponsored by the General Ray Davis Endowment Fund.en_US
dc.descriptionT.V. Paul is James McGill Professor of International Relations in the department of Political Science at McGill University. Paul specializes and teaches courses in international relations, especially international security, regional security and South Asia.en_US
dc.descriptionRuntime: 78:11 minutes.en_US
dc.description.abstractPakistan ranks 133rd out of 144 countries in global competitiveness, Taliban forces occupy 30% of the country, and it is perpetually in danger of becoming a failed state-with over a hundred nuclear weapons that could easily fall into terrorists’ hands. In The Warrior State, noted international relations and South Asia scholar T.V. Paul tackles what may be the world’s most dangerous powder keg and untangles a fascinating riddle. In recent years, many countries across the developing world have experienced impressive economic growth and have evolved into at least partially democratic states with militaries under civilian control. Yet Pakistan, a heavily militarized nation, has been a conspicuous failure. Its economy is in shambles, propped up by international aid, and its political system is notoriously corrupt and unresponsive. Despite the regime’s emphasis on security, the country is beset by widespread violence and terrorism. What explains Pakistan’s unique inability to progress? Paul argues that the “geostrategic curse”-akin to the “resource curse” that plagues oil rich autocracies-is the main cause. Since its founding in 1947, Pakistan has been at the center of major geopolitical struggles-the US-Soviet rivalry, the conflict with India, and most recently the post 9/11 wars. No matter how ineffective the regime is, massive foreign aid keeps pouring in from major powers and their allies with a stake in the region. The reliability of such aid defuses any pressure on political elites to launch far-reaching domestic reforms that would promote sustained growth, higher standards of living, and more stable democratic institutions. Paul shows that excessive war-making efforts have drained Pakistan’s limited economic resources without making the country safer or more stable. In an age of transnational terrorism and nuclear proliferation, understanding Pakistan’s development, particularly the negative effects of foreign aid and geopolitical centrality, is more important than ever. Painstakingly researched and brilliantly argued, The Warrior State uncovers the true causes of Pakistan’s failure to progress.en_US
dc.format.extent78:11 minutes
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.subjectPakistanen_US
dc.subjectWarrior stateen_US
dc.subjectTalibanen_US
dc.subjectForeign aiden_US
dc.subjectDomestic reformsen_US
dc.titleThe Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary Worlden_US
dc.typeLectureen_US
dc.typeVideoen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameMcGill Universityen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameGeorgia Institute of Technology. College of Liberal Artsen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameGeorgia Institute of Technology. School of International Affairsen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameGeorgia Institute of Technology. School of Public Policyen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameGeorgia Institute of Technology. Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policyen_US


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