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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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Can Strategic Culture Explain the Pakistan Army’s Persistent Revisionism?

Can Strategic Culture Explain the Pakistan Army’s Persistent Revisionism?

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(p.13) Chapter 2 Can Strategic Culture Explain the Pakistan Army’s Persistent Revisionism?
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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/9780199892709.003.0002

This chapter presents a framework of the Pakistan Army’s strategic culture, based on the work of David Zionts’ conceptualization of why some states are persistently revisionist. The chapter augments Zionts’ analytical framework with insights from the literature on strategic culture to explain how both military and civilian regimes execute the army’s preferences. It reviews some of the lingering debates dividing strategic culture scholars. The chapter next justifies reducing Pakistan’s strategic culture to that of the army and concludes with a discussion of the study’s data sources and analytical methods. It is the chapter’s intent that this work is primarily empirical, with its principle data sources being texts authored by Pakistani military personnel and typically printed and distributed by the army. It uses these writings to infer how Pakistan assesses its strategic environment and its objectives within that environment as well as how it understands the use of force and how it uses alliances to secure these interests.

Keywords:   strategic culture, Pakistan army, persistent revisionism

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