The Changing Pakistan Army Officer Corps

Journal of Strategic Studies, Forthcoming

34 Pages Posted: 25 May 2010 Last revised: 13 Jul 2010

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C. Christine Fair

Georgetown University

Shuja Nawaz

Atlantic Council - South Asia Center

Date Written: July 12, 2010


The Pakistan army elicits many concerns about terrorism, nuclear proliferation and the coherence of the state. However, very little is actually known about this institution. This essay mobilizes unique data to address one important facet: the army’s geographical recruitment base. We find that the Pakistan army has been successful at expanding the geographical recruitment base while some groups (namely those who are native to Sindh) remain highly under-represented. We also find that the officer corps is increasingly coming from urban areas. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of these important shifts subject to the limitations of our data.

Keywords: Pakistan army, recruitment, Islamism

Suggested Citation

Fair, C. Christine and Nawaz, Shuja, The Changing Pakistan Army Officer Corps (July 12, 2010). Journal of Strategic Studies, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

C. Christine Fair (Contact Author)

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

Shuja Nawaz

Atlantic Council - South Asia Center ( email )

1101 15th Street, NW
11th Floor
DC 20005
United States

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