Saloni KapurPhD student
BA (Pune) MA (Warwick)
The War on Terror meets the English School: An analysis of international society's responsibility towards Pakistan
Since 9/11, Pakistan has been an important player in the United States' so-called War on Terror. However, the country has increasingly been securitised in international discourse as a terrorist "safe haven," with scant attention paid to the historical and political circumstances that have given rise to militancy, which threatens the Pakistani state and society more than anyone else. Seeking to reframe the security discourse on the country by providing a Pakistani perspective, my thesis employs the English School's theoretical framework to interpret how the historical evolution of the state and society, regional politics in the Pakistan-India-Afghanistan triangle, and great power politics involving the United States, China and Russia have contributed to Pakistan's security conundrum. It addresses questions raised by the shifting dynamics in the contemporary international order with regard to the United States' role in counterterrorism in Pakistan. It explores the potential for a South Asian security community, as well as the possibilities of support from emerging powers such as China, Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. It further argues for greater international assistance for "soft" approaches to counterterrorism, such as rehabilitation programmes, drawing attention to the Pakistani programme to rehabilitate child militants.
- International Relations
- Critical Security Studies
- English School
- Regional Society
- Postcolonial States
South Asian scholarship in transition: new perspectives on politics, security and regional co-operation
Kapur, S. 5/07/2016 In: Contemporary South Asia. 24, 1, p. 109-114. 6 p.
Emotions and the English school: a new research agenda
Kapur, S. 21/02/2015