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Hassan Abbas

Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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2011

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June 6, 2011

"The Future of al-Qaeda"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By Hassan Abbas, Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Tariq Parvez

"[W]hether al-Qaeda's ideology resonates with segments of the world's Muslim populations will have a critical bearing on the organization's ultimate fate. Recent political developments in Egypt, Tunisia and across the Middle East have exposed the bankruptcy of al-Qaeda's ideas as a means of challenging dictatorships in Muslim countries....Much will depend in the coming months and years on the extent to which the changes heralded by the "Arab Spring" improve the lot of common Arabs in terms of governance and economic prospects."

 

 

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May 17, 2011

"Don't Give Up on Pakistan"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

By Hassan Abbas, Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"The process of democratization must continue, as there is no other way to expand civilian control over all institutions of the state. Pakistan has been ruled by generals for half its history ó another military takeover would set the country back yet again."

 

 

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September 2010

"Shiism and Sectarian Conflict in Pakistan: Identity Politics, Iranian Influence, and Tit-for-Tat Violence"

Occasional Paper

By Hassan Abbas, Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"Western analysts can no longer afford to ignore the growing potential for sectarian violence in Pakistan, for uncontrolled sectarian violence can destabilize Pakistan and the region at large. Internally, sectarian groups prefer to conduct their attacks in the Punjab, the center of gravity of the country's military and political elite. Attacks against Pakistan's Shia are also bound to have regional implications, since they can further stoke tensions between Pakistan and its neighbor Iran, a Shia-majority state."

 

 

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March 16, 2011

"Davis Release Highlights Fragility of US-Pakistan Partnership"

Op-Ed, Asia Society

By Hassan Abbas, Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

There are several key points the US and Pakistan must learn from this episode: The bilateral relationship should not be allowed to become hostage to similar incidents in future;†There should be complete transparency in the field of counter-terror operations and both sides should abide by agreed 'rules of the game';†Pakistan should be especially careful not to play politics in such cases, as only extremist elements benefit from such controversies; Finally, the US should also develop a better understanding of political realities on ground in Pakistan.

 

 

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February 2011

Reforming Pakistan's Police and Law Enforcement Infrastructure: Is It Too Flawed to Fix?

Report

By Hassan Abbas, Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

An effective police force is critical to countering insurgency. In Pakistan, an understaffed and underequipped police force is increasingly called on to manage rising insecurity and militant violence. This report evaluates the obstacles to upgrading the existing police system and recommends traditional and innovative reform options, including major restructuring of the total civilian law enforcement infrastructure, without which the police force cannot be effectively improved.

 

 

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January 5, 2011

"A Bad Beginning for Pakistan in 2011"

Op-Ed, Asia Society

By Hassan Abbas, Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"...[T]he killer was a member of the Elite Policeóa unit with special training for counterterrorism operations. After the gruesome act, he handed himself over to police and proudly claimed that he did the right thing. This shows pathetic security arrangements and poor management. Some fanatics have already created a Facebook profile of the killeróan indication of divisions within society."

 

2010

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2010

Militancy in Pakistan's Borderlands: Implications for the Nation and for Afghan Policy

Report

By Hassan Abbas, Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

This paper provides a critical perspective on past Pakistani policy toward jihadist militant groups, the growth of their influence in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Kyber Pukhtunkhwa Province (KPP), and what steps need to be taken in order to reverse their momentum. Abbas argues that Pakistan's civilian and military leadership will have to transition from a short-term strategy of deal-making and army offensives to a long-term political solution that will erode the gains made by militant groups in these areas since 2002.

 

 

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May 7, 2010

"The Radicalization of Faisal Shahzad"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By Hassan Abbas, Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"Based partly on my studies of Muslim youth in the west, I suspect that Shahzad was first influenced by various websites that encourage and propagate extremist religious views, mixing religious bigotry and dogma with conspiracy theories specifically targeting a younger generation of Muslims living in the west."

 

 

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April 19, 2010

"Inside Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province: The Political Landscape of the Insurgency"

Paper

By Hassan Abbas, Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Despite comparatively progressive forces taking control of Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) after success in the February 2008 provincial elections, stability remains elusive and the law and order situation has gradually deteriorated, raising important questions about the correlation between politics in the province and the nature and extent of militancy there. This essay investigates how different political and religious forces have influenced the state of affairs in the province in recent years.

 

2009

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December 4, 2009

"Pakistan and India Should Consider Collaborating This Time"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Hassan Abbas, Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"At every stage of the lengthy conflict that has brought the US into the region, Pakistan has sought to limit Indian influence in Afghanistan. Indeed, India's growing influence and investment in Afghanistan is disturbing to Pakistan's national security apparatus. Ultimately, the dynamics of Afghan politics will determine Afghanistan's fate. But a collaborative Indian-Pakistani effort to stabilize the country could work wonders."

 

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