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Hassan Abbas

Hassan Abbas

Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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2007 (continued)

February 4, 2007

Peace in FATA: ANP Can Be Counted On

Op-Ed, Statesman, (Pakistan)

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

 

 

February 1, 2007

"Asfandyar Wali: Profile of Pakistan's Progressive Pashtun Politician"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Terrorism Monitor, issue 2, volume V

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

On January 10, Pakistan's secular and Pashtun nationalist Awami National Party (ANP) won a critical electoral battle in Bajaur Agency. The ANP political party is led by the seasoned politician Asfandyar Wali Khan. The election struck a blow to pro-Taliban elements in the region, and also marks the revival of a party that appeared to be hibernating during the recent Talibanization process. The Pakistani military's hidden alliance with religious political parties made it difficult to effectively tackle the Taliban threat in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in the United States. After 2003, the military opted for a show of brute force in Pakistan's tribal belt which created more problems than it solved. The ANP was routed in national and provincial elections in 2002 because anti-Musharraf and anti-American sentiments were at their peak leading to support for the religious alliance Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA). The mistakes committed by the United States in Afghanistan in terms of not providing enough financial resources for reconstruction and overwhelming dependence on military options to tackle extremists also contributed toward the marginalization of the liberal and progressive forces in the region, including the ANP.

 

2006

November 30, 2006

"The Black-Turbaned Brigade: The Rise of TNSM in Pakistan"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Terrorism Monitor, issue 23, volume IV

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

"TNSM's extremist ideological roots, violent behavior since the mid-1990s, collaboration with criminal elements and terrorist tactics were sufficient warning signals for Pakistan's government to curb its activities effectively and pursue criminal cases against its top leaders (The News, October 18, 2004; Daily Times, May 15, 2005). This did not occur, however, and the pursuant mayhem was predictable. The recent targeted killings of TNSM leaders are unlikely to resolve the crisis. The religious seminaries that put a premium on bigotry and propagate hatred should be closed down. Equally important is the establishment of modern schools as an alternative to their more radical ideology. The "Enlightened Moderation" of Musharraf is failing because he is using it merely as a slogan and little is being done on the ground."

 

 

November 28, 2006

Pakistan's Chitral District: A Refuge for al-Qaeda's Top Leadership?

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Terrorism Focus, issue 46, volume III

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

 

 

October 31, 2006

Musharraf Contends with the Pashtun Element in the Pakistani Army

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Terrorism Focus, issue 42, volume III

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

 

 

October 19, 2006

Profiles of Pakistan's Seven Tribal Agencies

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Terrorism Monitor, In-Depth Analysis of al-Qaeda and the War on Terror, issue 20, volume IV

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

The notion of "tribal culture" in the West often brings to mind images of backward, uneducated and unsophisticated societies. Perpetual chaos in states like Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, for instance, is often attributed to tribal culture. It is a sweeping judgment as in many cases geopolitical, historical and even religious factors often play a more significant role than the impact of tribal ethos in defining what causes underdevelopment and violence. Pashtun tribal culture is generally portrayed as the root cause behind their support and sympathy for the Taliban and al-Qaeda. This analysis investigates these notions by studying the profiles of the Pashtun tribes that populate the seven tribal agencies that form Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

 

 

September 26, 2006

Inside Story of Musharraf-Mahmood Tussle

Op-Ed, Daily Times, (Pakistan)

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

 

 

Spring 2006

"'Islam versus the West' and the Political Thought of AbdolKarim Soroush"

Journal Article, al Nakhlah, The Fletcher School Online Journal for Issues Related to Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization

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

"Extremist forces in the Muslim world can only be defeated if progressive forces in both the West and the Islamic world cooperate to tackle the issue through dialogue and constructive engagement. A partnership is required. A unilateral campaign by the West to win the hearts and minds of Muslims without listening to their concerns or enlisting their aid will not succeed."

 

 

Winter 2006

"Pakistan Through the Lens of the 'Triple A' Theory"

Journal Article, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, issue 1, volume 30

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

"How has a state whose founding fathers were secular people who believed in rule of law and democracy drifted toward religious extremism and authoritarianism? Three primary factors—variations on the Triple A theory of influence (Allah, the Army, and America)—have led Pakistan down this path: a powerful independent military, the mushrooming of religious militant groups, and the hydra-headed monster that is the intelligence services."

 

2005

November 2005

"A Failure to Communicate: American Public Diplomacy and the Islamic World"

Book Chapter

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

 
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