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Fighting to the EndThe Pakistan Army's Way of War$
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C. Christine Fair

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892709.001.0001

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The Army’s Strategic Culture and Implications for International Security

The Army’s Strategic Culture and Implications for International Security

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(p.278) Chapter 11 The Army’s Strategic Culture and Implications for International Security
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Fighting to the End
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C. Christine Fair

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892709.003.0011

The final chapter revisits the framework for the army’s strategic culture that was laid out earlier in this volume and identifies the implications for Pakistan’s behavior over the near term. It argues that Pakistan is a greedy state in the parlance of Glaser. Thus, policies of appeasement, such as helping to secure a resolution of Kashmir, may encourage Pakistan’s persistent revisionism rather than vitiate it. The chapter concludes with the ominous suggestion that the world must be ready for a Pakistan that is willing to take ever more dangerous risks because, in the view of the Pakistan army, it has everything to lose by not doing so. For the army, to be defeated is not to lose on the battlefield; rather, defeat is to forego the opportunity or ability to keep resisting India and the agenda that Pakistan ascribes to its eastern nemesis.

Keywords:   greedy state, strategic culture, persistent revisionism, Pakistan army, Indo-Pakistan conflict

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