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A perilous course : U.S. strategy and assistance to Pakistan by Craig Cohen; Frederick Barton; Center for Strategic and

By Craig Cohen; Frederick Barton; Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Television and internet reporting bring grievances into people’s living rooms on a daily basis, even if viewers do not feel the crisis personally and directly. The prevalence of cell phones means that information and rumors can spread rapidly. In this way, perception can quickly become reality, and people are more easily politicized and mobilized. One can see this rapidly spreading political consciousness materialize in the way Chief Justice Chaudhry’s sidelining came to symbolize broader grievances that Pakistanis feel toward Musharraf’s military rule.

11 (November 1995): 990–1004. pk/. 39 Ibid. ” 41 Ahmed Rashid, “He’s Welcome in Pakistan,” Washington Post, February 26, 2006 . 42 “The Future Looks Bearded,” The Economist, July 6, 2006. S. Institute of Peace Special Report, no. 145 (August 2005): 1–16. S. ” 45 Using 2005 population estimates, just over half of Pakistan’s population is in the 0–19 age range. S. cty=PK. 6. ” Current History 104, no. 680 (March 2005): 131–36. 48 Khan Dawood L. HTM. 0 percent. pdf. ” 51 For more on the PCR Project methodology to determine this short-list of key drivers of conflict, instability, and extremism, see appendix C.

Islamabad has proposed opening American markets both as a way for the United States to earn goodwill and as a way to fight extremism that results from economic deprivation. S. investment treaty or free trade agreement with Pakistan, for instance, such as that discussed by Presidents Bush and Musharraf in March 2006, could result in tens of thousands of more jobs for 41 Pakistanis. The United States, however, is no longer the only option. Pakistan and China continue to grow closer economically. 42 Total Chinese investment in Pakistan in 2005 has been estimated at $4 billion, up 30 percent from 2003.

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