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Book Review: Issues Confronting Central Asia

Book Review: Issues Confronting Central Asia Book Reviews / 427 primarily over Kashmir. It is well known that a large portion of Pakistan’s budget is devoted to payment of interests on foreign debt and on defence which leaves very little for economic development which, according to the author, is to the ultimate detriment of Pakistan’s national economy. Pakistan’s large military establishment is mainly financed by foreign loans. Its abysmal economic per- formance could be attributed to poor governance and corruption in the admin- istration, which are the direct result of the failure to develop political institutions due to decades of military rule. Pakistan has been called a failed state by observers. The author has quoted a US Central Agency Report which says that it will not re- cover easily from decades of political and economic mismanagement, divisive policies, lawlessness, corruption, and ethnic friction. This, however, does not mean that the Pakistani state will wither away. Faruqui has produced a very cogent and provocative critique of Pakistan’s strategic culture. He does not hesitate to explode the common myths about national security which he appropriately calls “strategic myopia” that have been spread by Pakistan’s successive military rulers over the years since independence. It is an interesting study http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Studies SAGE

Book Review: Issues Confronting Central Asia

International Studies , Volume 41 (4): 3 – Oct 1, 2004

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0020-8817
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0973-0702
DOI
10.1177/002088170404100406
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Book Reviews / 427 primarily over Kashmir. It is well known that a large portion of Pakistan’s budget is devoted to payment of interests on foreign debt and on defence which leaves very little for economic development which, according to the author, is to the ultimate detriment of Pakistan’s national economy. Pakistan’s large military establishment is mainly financed by foreign loans. Its abysmal economic per- formance could be attributed to poor governance and corruption in the admin- istration, which are the direct result of the failure to develop political institutions due to decades of military rule. Pakistan has been called a failed state by observers. The author has quoted a US Central Agency Report which says that it will not re- cover easily from decades of political and economic mismanagement, divisive policies, lawlessness, corruption, and ethnic friction. This, however, does not mean that the Pakistani state will wither away. Faruqui has produced a very cogent and provocative critique of Pakistan’s strategic culture. He does not hesitate to explode the common myths about national security which he appropriately calls “strategic myopia” that have been spread by Pakistan’s successive military rulers over the years since independence. It is an interesting study

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Published: Oct 1, 2004

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