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
Globalization, suggest the authors of this collection, is creating new opportunities – some legal, some illicit – for armed factions to pursue their agendas in civil war. Within this context, they analyze the key dynamics of war economies and the challenges posed for conflict resolution and sustainable peace. Thematic chapters consider key issues in the political economy of internal wars, as well as how differing types of resource dependency influence the scope, character ,and duration of conflicts. Case studies of Burma, Colombia, Kosovo, Papua New Guinea, and Sri Lanka illustrate a range of ways in which belligerents make use of global markets and the transnational flow of resources. An underlying theme is the opportunities available to the international community to alter the economic incentive structure that inadvertently supports armed con ISBN: 8130900726 Publisher: VIVA BOOKS Subtitle: BEYOND GREED AND GRIEVANCE Author: KAREN BALLENTIN
“Reforging Nation” stands as a testament to the author’s exceptional literary journey, marking his third published work. Through this thought-provoking book, he offers unique insights into the process of reshaping and revitalizing a nation. Drawing from his extensive research and experiences, the author presents a compelling narrative that challenges conventional wisdom and invites readers to reconsider prevailing notions of nation-building. The author holds the distinction of being credited not only for crafting its content but also for undertaking various additional roles, such as composing, designing the title Cover, and even overseeing the publishing process. This multifaceted involvement showcases the author’s comprehensive contribution to the creation and production of the book. With a masterful blend of scholarly rigor and accessible prose, the author takes readers on a transformative intellectual expedition. His keen observations and nuanced analysis make “Reforging Nation” an indispensable addition to the field of political science and a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the dynamics of nationhood.
AUTHOR: RAHEEL AHMED
ISBN: 9786277706005 Publisher: KITAB WAADI Subtitle: THE DEFINITIVE CHRONICLES OF ZULFIKAR ALI BHUTTO, SHEIKH MUJIBUR RAHMAN AND INDIRA GANDHI