Many observers have characterized Pakistan as a failed state, or even a "rogue" state, particularly for its support of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan prior to the September 11th terrorist attacks. This book examines the factors contributing to state failure and asks whether the dual identities of Pakistan-created as a homeland for Indian Muslims and as the world's first modern "Islamic" state-are viable in today's world.
Stephen Philip Cohen is a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of classic books on India's and Pakistan's armies and the widely praised India: Emerging Power (Brookings, 2001). He was a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of State and before joining Brookings was a faculty member at the University of Illinois.