Pakistan's Role in the War on Terror: A Degenerative or a Progressive One?

By Chirasree Mukherjee

Abstract: This paper aims to delineate the contours of Pakistan’s “war on terror.” Initially a reluctant ally of the US, Pakistan is now actively involved in the war. Regarded as an important partner of the US, Pakistan has been receiving American support, both financial and military, to wage the war. During the last ten years, though military rule has given way to a democratically elected government in Pakistan, its “war on terror” has continued unabated. With the passage of time, this war has evolved as a complex, multi-tiered military operation spread across a large territory. However, Islamabad’s counterterrorism policies underwent significant changes, thus influencing the outcomes of the war. In order to assess the role of Pakistan in this decade-long war, this paper describes how these policy changes led to tectonic shifts in Pakistan’s mode of countering terrorism.

About the Author
Chirasree Mukherjee is a MPhil candidate in Foreign Policy at Institute of Foreign Policy Studies. She earned her M.A. in International Relations from Jadavpur University, with a specialization in Peace, Conflict and Security. Her functional interests include international terrorism, particularly the “war on terror,” and US foreign policy.

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