JISPIL Vol 6 Issue 2 2010 - Abstract 1

South Asia is increasingly catching the headlines of the world news, not least because of the precarious situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the re-emerging US interest in the region. In much popular discourse, Pakistan is often described as a ticking bomb and Barack Obama, the United States President, recently named Pakistan the most dangerous place in the world insisting that there would be no stabilisation of Afghanistan without a stable Pakistan. Consequently, the United States expects Pakistan to deal with terror groups emerging on its doorstep and to take steps to counter corruption and money-laundering. This is no easy task, however, not least because of the many external and internal pressures facing Pakistan in terms of security, Talibanisation, instability and not least the damaging consequences of the recent flooding.

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