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Far from Failing: Anatol Lieven’s Pakistan

The popular view of Pakistan is that it’s a failed state in the making, a Somalia in South Asia. It’s the place where Daniel Pearl was beheaded, where leaders are regularly assassinated, and the Taliban are on the verge of taking over. It is the dark opposite of secular India, an Islamic ‘Land of the Pure’. In his new primer on the country, Anatol Lieven takes issue with this hysteria. His thesis is that Pakistan is “a hard country”, but far from failing. Read more

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