The Negotiable State: Borders and Power‐Struggles in Pakistan

Vali Nasr

in Right-sizing the State

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244904
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600050 | DOI:
 The Negotiable State: Borders and Power‐Struggles in Pakistan

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Vali Nasr examines the political dynamics behind the crucial 1969–71 negotiations on the shape of Pakistan's territory. The author examines how power‐elite interests and their perception of the malleability of state borders influenced the pattern of state formation and policy‐making. The author argues that the tension that is inherent in the ideological posture of state leaders and their pragmatic political practices has provided both opportunities to manage challenges to borders, as in Sind, and to loss of territory, as in East Pakistan.

Keywords: borders; East Pakistan; elites; Vali Nasr; Pakistan; Sind; territory

Chapter.  14490 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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