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Pakistan and the Rogue State Narrative


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Despite behaviour that often violates international norms, Pakistan has managed to maintain positive relationships with major Western powers.

The label ‘rogue state’ is often used by politicians but the term is criticised by scholars for its subjective and politicised nature. This article examines the rogue state narrative, Pakistan’s congruence with the concept and the implications for Pakistan’s foreign relations. What is a Rogue State? Elizabeth Saunders identifies two commonly stated characteristics of a ‘rogue state’. First, if it supports terrorism and terrorist activities; and second, if it attempts to

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