Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pakistan can't hold together as a state, says Robert D Kaplan

NEW DELHI: Pakistan is becoming harder and harder to govern and it may soon see its boundaries being redrawn as separatist movements continue to gather momentum, says Robert D Kaplan, one the world's highly reputed authorities on geopolitics, defence and foreign policy. 
"It is unclear whether Pakistan can hold together as a state because you have these movements, the Balochseparatist movement, the Sindhi nationalist movement, etc, which make it harder to govern that country in the years ahead," says the 60-year-old whose latest book — The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells UsAbout Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate — looks at how geography contributes to political upheavals. "I am looking ahead in the long range: the borders that separate Pakistan from Afghanistan and Pakistan from India need not be borders eternally," says Kaplan, who as a journalist has covered several wars, right from the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s to the fall of the LTTE in Sri Lanka in 2009.His work, 'The Coming Anarchy', which, first published as an article in The Atlantic in the 1990s, had predicted how various factors such as scarcity, crime, overpopulation and disease could rapidly destroy the social fabric

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