Book Review: T.V. Paul, The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World

Date01 December 2014
Published date01 December 2014
Subject MatterBook Reviews
184 Book Reviews
Jadavpur Journal of International Relations, 18, 2 (2014): 181–194
Nevertheless, the fact that the UN could complete its mission within a time
period and ‘leave’ Cambodia after putting in place a democratically elected
working government, after initiating a process of peace building, was
enough for the UN to deserve praise and earn credibility as perhaps still the
best available instrument of conflict resolution in world affairs today.
Dr K. Savitri’s book is a must read for students, academics, and
researchers of international politics. The language is lucid and jargon
free, and the Cambodian story is interesting enough to be read with avid
interest for its own sake. The chapters have been written well, but updat-
ing was needed—because so much has happened since the UNTAC left
Cambodia in 1993. Though the Cambodian case study is now an old one
and may appear dated, it did provide many precedents in the history of
UN peacekeeping and several valuable lessons had been learnt which
needed to be documented, as Dr Savitri has very ably done in her book.
Rumki Basu
Professor of Political Science
Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi, India
T.V. Paul, The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 272, $27.95.
DOI: 10.1177/0973598414563211
A reputed international relations and South Asia scholar T.V. Paul has
made an outstanding study of Pakistan in his book entitled The Warrior
State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World. The book is a valuable
resource for students and scholars pursuing research and study on the
politics of South Asia and especially Pakistan. The author uses the term
‘warrior state’ in the context of Pakistan. A warrior state is basically a
state that pays enormous attention to military security. Security is com-
prehensive as it deals with a whole host of issues, but if the main purpose
of the state is protection from predatory enemies then a state can put all
its efforts in that direction and the state becomes a warrior state. This
could have both positive as well as negative implications. A warrior state
can get entrenched for a long period of time for various societal reasons

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