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President Obama's policy options in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

Authors: Abbas, Hassan
Keywords: Federally Administered Tribal Areas; international relations; terrorism; tribal administration; US-Pakistan relations; Afghan policy
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Institute of social policy and understanding
Description: "The prevailing democratic transition in Pakistan, despite its limitations, provides the best opportunity for it, as well as for India and Afghanistan, to halt the region’s extremist trends through joint cooperation and trust building. Creative American policies can play a significant role in this context. If this window of opportunity proves to be short-lived, given the entrenched tensions between Pakistan’s civil and military institutions, then it would destabilize the whole region even further. Any rise in Indo-Pakistani tensions only benefits the forces of darkness in South Asia. On the positive side, most Pashtuns increasingly realize that Talibanization has tarnished their image and yearn to recapture their lost identity. The appetite of FATA’s residents for self-governance outside the old tribal arrangements, as well as their desire to break the shackles imposed by the militants, deserve recognition as well as international support. An Iraq-style “surge” in Afghanistan and unilateral incursions in FATA are unlikely to be seen as reflecting any change. The Obama administration has the credentials to challenge the status quo and take difficult decisions for the cause of peace and justice in South Asia."
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