The link between education and support for anti-American militancy in Pakistan
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. In the last decade, particularly with the rise of terrorism, the link between education and propensity to approve of political violence has received renewed attention. In the context of violent extremism in Pakistan, this investigation has manifested itself in the intense attention the country's educational systems have received. Low levels of literacy, a dismal public education infrastructure and the prevalence of madressas have ignited a heated debate about the role education plays in promoting support for militancy among Pakistanis.; This attention is not unwarranted. Both scholars and policy practitioners emphasize the salience of popular support for the survival of organizations involved in civil war. Education offers a unique lever to affect public opinion, and the United States government has prioritized investment in Pakistani education as a key means of defeating hostile organizations.
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