What is state failure? See my conceptualisation of state failure on the right flank below.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Breaking news: Pakistan is failing!!! But at least it's not unstable!!!

I am getting confused by all the information I have to digest these days.

On the way to work this morning I was reading the article in the New York Times telling us about the Pakistani ISI's S Wing and its contacts to Taliban, Haqqanis and Hizbis.

Btw, URLs can contain interesting information sometimes. Let me paste here the NYT article's URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/26/world/asia/26tribal.html?hp
Notice the word "tribal" in there?

Shocking, shocking, shocking... as Barnett Rubin once said.

This can only mean that Pakistan, unbeknownst to some of those responsible for it, is failing. Militancy is spreading while some in the security sector think they have neatly devised policies resting on foolproof distinctions between militancy-spreading militant and militancy-spreading militant.

But then I had to calm down... The Pentagon's annual report to Congress about China's military capabilities just came out. And on page 57, after casually discussing 7 billion dollars worth of conventional weapons sales by the PRC to Pakistan in 2003-2007 (financed partly by the American taxpayer), it turns to the more serious issue of Chinese sales of weapons to "areas of instability." That is, to countries like Iran...

So it can't be so bad in Pakistan then, can it?

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