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Hassan Abbas

Hassan Abbas

Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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2008

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December 7, 2008

"Beyond the Line of Control"

Op-Ed, News International, (Pakistan)

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

Naomi Klein, Canadian columnist and author of The Shock Doctrine insightfully says, "Terrorism doesn't just blow up buildings; it blasts every other issue off the political map. The spectre of terrorism — real and exaggerated — has become a shield of impunity, protecting governments around the world from scrutiny for their human rights abuses." South Asia today is a victim of terror in this context. Social injustice, political instability, religious fanaticism and a rising sense of insecurity are the factors pushing South Asians to the brink of a prolonged conflict.

 

 

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December 3, 2008

"Mumbai Attacks: Motivations, Context and Consequences"

Op-Ed, New York Times, Times Topic Blog

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

Hassan Abbas, a research fellow with the Project on Managing the Atom at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, comments on the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

 

 

November 2008

Partnership for Progress

Report

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

The Belfer Center's Xenia Dormandy and Hassan Abbas participated in a working group on the state of Pakistan convened by the Center for American Progress. The resulting report proposes strategies for enhanced security, democratization, and economic growth.

 

 

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September 2008

"From FATA to the NWFP: The Taliban Spread Their Grip in Pakistan"

Journal Article, CTC Sentinel, issue 10, volume 1

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

"...Any effort to stem the tide of extremism in the NWFP first requires a dispassionate analysis of the ground realities. This article attempts to examine such indicators, by explaining how the Taliban have managed to spread their influence from FATA into the NWFP, and will present some ideas on how to reverse extremist trends...."

 

 

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September 16, 2008

"Pakistan: Counter-terror Policy is in Disarray"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Oxford Analytica

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

"A cross-border raid by US ground forces, together with media claims that US President George Bush had authorised Special Operations troops to conduct such operations without seeking permission from Islamabad, has provoked anger from Pakistan's politicians, media and army. Pakistan's counter-terrorism policy may suffer as US-Pakistan relations deteriorate."

 

 

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August 27, 2008

"Après Musharraf, Patience"

Op-Ed, International Herald Tribune

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

"...The notion that somehow developing countries, and especially Muslim-majority states, cannot adjust to democratic model is a flawed assessment. The track record of democratic governments in Pakistan is indeed mixed, but it is also true that democracy takes time to develop....Western governments, primarily the United States and Britain, have shown far more patience with dictators than with elected leaders. Periods of military rule in Pakistan — 1958–69; 1977–88; 1999–2008 — lasted an average of 10 years, while democratic phases lasted an average of less than three years and were often declared to be unstable, corrupt and weak. Foreign aid also declined during the democratic periods...."

 

 

August 19, 2008

Analysis: Pervez Musharraf's Resignation and the Impact on Pakistan

Media Feature

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

In this exclusive web video, Hassan Abbas, a research fellow at the Belfer Center's Project on Managing the Atom, offers commentary on the resignation of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf.

 

 

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August 13, 2008

"Solving FATA"

Op-Ed, National Interest

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

"The growing Taliban insurgency in the Afghan-Pakistan border area increasingly threatens the geography of the region. Continuation of this crisis could derail the India-Pakistan peace process, undermine democratic gains in Pakistan as well as Afghanistan, and jeopardize U.S. interests in the region.

Despite the explosive nature of the crisis and apparent consensus between the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees about the need for additional focus on the area—as well as military forces there—the popular analysis of the situation often fails to appreciate the very basic facts of the issue...."

 

 

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August 12, 2008

"Musharraf's Long Goodbye"

Op-Ed, The Guardian, Comment is Free...

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

"...Any attempt by Musharraf to dislodge the government by using his constitutional authority would trigger another election, the results of which would not be much different from the vote in February. It is time for Musharraf's friends in the west to press him to serve his country one last time, by avoiding confrontation with his country's democratic forces and calling it quits."

 

 

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July 4, 2008

"Pakistan Needs More Democracy to Transcend Musharraf"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

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

"Following its recent free elections, Pakistan is rebounding politically. But the euphoria that came with the end of the Musharraf era is wearing off, as the new government faces stark choices. Unlike Iraq and Afghanistan, democracy is not new to the 60-year-old state, but ethnic cleavages, weak institutions, and religious extremism in the North are perennially destabilizing. And, while the new government settles in and establishes its priorities, the West, especially the United States, must reassess the impact of its past dealings with Pakistan...."

 

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