Aldo Matteucci   18 Apr 2013   Looking Sideways

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Balochistan, in the north of West Pakistan (Quetta is capital), does not get much international press coverage. The Carnegie Endowment for Peace has just published a lengthy report on the politics of the region

Any aspiring diplomat should be able to write/gather such reports. I recommend pro-actively spending the time of perusing this report asking oneself: how can I report in this way? The key word – next to clarity – is depth, depth, depth.

I’m not arguing that this report is the “truth” – simply that the author has gathered enough lead points to allow for a nuanced and informed view.

On the substance:

  • The interplay between regionalism and religion is worth noting. In order to defeat regional political movements the center played the fundamentalist religious card.
  • The ghost of policies past: regionalism defeated Pakistan in Bangla Desh. The “lesson learned” is applied by analogy to Balochistan. With disastrous results.
  • The interplay with developments beyond the border (Afghanistan).
  • Worth noting is the UN role: by overseeing some form of fact-finding and transparency it may be the precursor of a national political process.

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