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This paper was submitted as a discussion paper to the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Prior to attending the Harvard Kennedy School, Ziad Haider served as foreign policy advisor to U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd. He spent the summer of 2008 in Lahore, Peshawar, and Islamabad conducting research on Pakistan’s tribal areas while
affiliated with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
This paper analyzes how the colonially derived governance system in Pakistan’s tribal belt has contributed to human rights violations and militancy in the region; describes historic obstacles to and key stakeholders’ views on governance reforms; and proposes critical legal and political reforms to ensure the tribal belt’s long-term security and integration into the Pakistani polity.
At a time when Pakistan’s tribal belt has become the central front in the war on terror, this paper is both timely and valuable in delineating a governance strategy to complement ongoing military and development efforts in this pivotal region that will undoubtedly dominate the next administration’s national security agenda.