Academic journal article Military Review

PAKISTAN: Eye of the Storm

Academic journal article Military Review

PAKISTAN: Eye of the Storm

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PAKISTAN: Eye of the Storm, Owen Bennett Jones, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2002, 328 pages, $29.95.

International concerns about war, terrorism, Islamic extremism, nuclear proliferation, and regional instability swirl about Pakistan. Although Pakistan has always sought to be a friend of America, America's response toward Pakistan has varied from enthusiasm to indifference, depending on America's immediate needs. The relationship is again warming as the United States engages in the Global War on Terrorism. How long this renewed friendship will hold is conjecture. Pakistan is a crucial state in a crucial region, and things are not going well there.

Owen Bennett Jones, a noted British journalist and broadcasting company correspondent, has spent a good deal of time in Pakistan. His excellent book emphasizes the current military government; the deep ethnic and linguistic divides; the military; the atomic bomb; and religious extremism and relationships with India, China, and Afghanistan. Jones lays out these key issues and shows why they are important for the region and the world.

Pakistan's leaders range from democratically elected to military dictator, from enlightened to venal, yet their effect on society has been slight because Pakistan's institutions are weak. Pakistan lives in permanent economic and social crisis. Corruption is rampant, tax avoidance common, justice problematic, decent education scarce, and social welfare programs nonexistent. …

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