Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New Article: "The Rhetoric of Revolution" on Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan's Attempts to Harness Populist Discontent



I have a new article that was published yesterday afternoon at the AFPAK Channel, a joint project of Foreign Policy magazine and the New America Foundation.

The article analyzes the rhetoric of the Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (Taliban Movement of Pakistan) prior to recent general elections as well as in recent year, specifically attempts by the TTP to harness populist discontent in an effort to win wider support.

The introductory paragraph reads:

"In the run-up to Pakistan's general elections, which were held on May 11, the Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP) once again reiterated its call for Pakistanis to reject the system of democracy in favor for the rule of Islamic law (shari‘a). The militant movement, like other Sunni jihadis, seeks to implement a state governed by its interpretation of shari‘a and sees other governing systems, including the democratic nation-state, as running counter to what it believes has been divinely commanded by God.  In addition to its religio-political argument, the TTP has increasingly employed appeals to populism in an attempt to tap into widespread public discontent in Pakistan over the state of the economy, unemployment, regional discontent in the province of Baluchistan, and rampant corruption" 

Read the rest of the article at the AFPAK CHANNEL.


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