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SWAT: The main causes of the breakdown of governance & rise of militancy

// Brief for the workshop 1.This report Swat: The Main Causes of the Breakdown of Governance and Rise of Militancy,has been prepared by RIPORT & NUPI. RIPORT is a policy research institute established in 2005 and operates in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA. One of the mandates of RIPORT is to study conflict and to makeRead More »SWAT: The main causes of the breakdown of governance & rise of militancy

FATA reforms and militancy

// One of the most perplexing riddles facing decision-makers today is how to introduce reforms in Fata that will bring Pakistani tribal areas into the political and economic mainstream and lead to better control so that the presence of militant training camps in the region is stamped out; it may be recollected that the USRead More »FATA reforms and militancy

THE POVERTY TRAP IN SWAT

// A.        Poverty as a cause of militancy in Swat One of the questions that constantly turned up for discussions during the survey was whether poverty alone can create violence or is it rather the fuel that continues to stoke the insurgency and violence once it has started? Poverty can result from many causes.Read More »THE POVERTY TRAP IN SWAT

A Review of Swat: The Main Causes of the Breakdown of Governance and Rise of Militancy

// A policy research report on Swat: The Main Causes of the Breakdown of Governance and Rise of Militancy, has been prepared by RIPORT a policy research institute established in 2005 operating in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.  One of the mandates of RIPORT is to study conflict and to make policy reform recommendations for ending orRead More »A Review of Swat: The Main Causes of the Breakdown of Governance and Rise of Militancy

Change of Guard

// The removal of Gen Stanley McChrystal from the command of US forces in Afghanistan is indicative of far-reaching changes both in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Gen McChrystal was not an ordinary soldier and nor have we seen the last of him. If he allowed the Rolling Stone magazine's leftist Michael Hastings into his inner sanctumRead More »Change of Guard

A MODEL OF THE CRISIS IN SWAT

// A. Introduction The result of the survey in Swat and this analysis has brought out quite clearly what the problems and issues stoking the fire of violence in Swat are. However, it gives analysis added weight if it reconstructs the disaster. At the risk of oversimplification the following is the reconstruction of the SwatRead More »A MODEL OF THE CRISIS IN SWAT

The calculus of war (Published in the Dawn on 10th May 2010)

// CALCULUS is a mathematical measurement technique that calculates minute changes occurring in a trend. Military planners spend an enormous time working out the details of an operation. However, they get so involved in their own construction of events that they normally fail to answer three fundamental questions about any operation.       Firstly, what areRead More »The calculus of war (Published in the Dawn on 10th May 2010)