Faisel Pervaiz is a South Asia analyst at Stratfor, where he focuses on political, economic, and security developments in the region.
Prior to joining Stratfor, Mr. Pervaiz taught master's courses in international relations at Washington University in St. Louis. Additionally, he has conducted research at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. He holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Missouri and a master's in international affairs from Washington University in St. Louis. Born and raised in the United States, he speaks fluent Urdu.
Militancy isn't the only enemy in the war-torn South Asian country; Washington is also taking on the basic forces of geopolitics.
The army has always been important in Pakistani politics, but civilian leaders are gaining political power of their own. The military's role in governance will have to change if it wishes to remain relevant.