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The Battle for Pakistan: Militancy and Conflict in Pakistan's Tribal Regions

A Pakistani soldier stands on a hill in South Waziristan, on November 17, 2009 // AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty

Few places in the world have assumed as much importance for the United States and its allies since 2001 as Pakistan’s northwestern tribal regions, which have served as a base for the mix of militants seeking to attack the governments, militaries, and civilians of the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and others. In just over half of the serious plots against the West since 2004, alleged militants received training at camps in Pakistan.

On April 19, 2010, the New America Foundation’s Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative and Foreign Policy magazine hosted an event for the launch of a unique series of policy papers, ‘The Battle for Pakistan,’ written by local Pakistani researchers and other experts on politics and militancy in Pakistan’s tribal areas. On September 14, 2010, New America released three more papers in the 'Battle for Pakistan' and launched the 'Battle for Afghanistan' series.

The New America Foundation is also pleased to present a series of detailed maps of Pakistan's tribal areas, 'Mapping the Battle for Pakistan.' Maps of each tribal agency and the Swat Valley are available on the pages below.