Reversing Pakistan's Descent: Empowering its Middle Class

Author
Xenia Dormandy
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
35
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
Spring 2012
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
Pakistan is not, today, a failed state. However, for the first time since I started focusing on South Asia, in the past eight or so years, there is a real possibility that it could become one. Pakistanis must take full responsibility for this state of affairs. Their unwillingness to do so, and attempts to shift blame to the United States, India, and others, is evident. The United States does hold some of the blame; its actions have at a minimum permitted, and perhaps even promoted, Pakistan's deterioration. Still, Pakistan has the resources, both natural and human, the experience, and the background to lift itself up if it chooses to do so. Its friends, including the United States, need to implement policies to help.
Political Geography
Pakistan, United States, South Asia, India