The Pakistan Army is a uniquely powerful and influential institution, with vast landholdings and resources. It has deep roots in the colonial armed forces and relies heavily on certain regions to supply its soldiers, especially parts of rural Punjab, where men have served in the army for generations. These men, their wives and mothers, and the military culture surrounding them are the focus of Maria Rashid’s Dying to Serve, which innovatively and sensitively addresses the question: how does the military thrive when so much of its work results in injury, debility, and death? Taking ritual commemorations of fallen soldiers as one critical site of study, Rashid argues that these “spectacles of mourning” are careful manipulations of affect, gendered and structured by the military to reinforce its omnipotence in the lives of its subjects. Grounding her study in the famed martial district of Chakwal, Rashid finds affect similarly deployed in recruitment and training practices, as well as management of death and compensation to families. She contends that understanding these affective technologies is crucial to challenging the appeal of the military institution globally. ISBN: 9789697834327 Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS Subtitle: MILITARISM, AFFECT, AND THE POLITICS OF SACRIFICE IN THE PAKISTAN ARMY Author: MARIA RASHID
Conflict in Afghanistan provides a timely discussion of the concept of asymmetric warfare which has become one of the main issues of the day in the wake of the attacks of 9/11 and the ensuing invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Broadly speaking this describes a means of fighting where comparatively weak belligerents have been able to exploit successfully the vulnerabilities of their more powerful and sophisticated opponents. Two recent examples have been the Vietnam and the Soviet-Afghan wars, but the historical roots of the concept lie deeper, particularly in Afghanistan.
Conflict in Afghanistan, laying emphasis on contemporary documents and drawing on material from Soviet archives, centres on wars conducted in Afghanistan which have been of the asymmetric variety.
Subjects examined include:
• Five wars conducted in Afghanistan by an extemal invader over the past two centuries
• The decisions and actions of politicians and the military involved in the wars in question
• The successes and failures of diplomatic endeavours during the wars
This book is essential reading for those who have research interests in Asian studies, military studies and current affairs. ISBN: 0415341604 Publisher: ROUTLEDGE Subtitle: STUDIES IN ASYMMETRIC WARFARE Author: MARTIN EWANS