Award Date

5-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Political Science

Department

Political Science

First Committee Member

Mehran Tamadonfar, Chair

Second Committee Member

Kenneth Fernandez

Third Committee Member

Ted Jelen

Graduate Faculty Representative

Satish Sharma

Number of Pages

100

Abstract

Pakistan is a young and violent nation. It has been under military rule for more than half of its existence and the presence of Islamists in the country has been increasing in recent years. These two actors have played a crucial role in creating the Pakistan of today: a violent, unstable system with revolving governments. What role have civilian governments played while interacting with the Islamists and the ever present military? What has led to the Pakistan we see today? Is there any hope that Pakistan can remove the violent actors within its borders and create real change to become a stable nation?

This thesis will attempt to analyze the three main actors in Pakistan: the civilian government, the military, and the Islamists. It will discuss how the relationship between these three has been alternatively cooperative and antagonistic.

Keywords

Islam and politics; Military government; Pakistan; Political science – Islamic countries; Self-government

Disciplines

International and Area Studies | Political Science

Language

English


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