Pakistan News

Recent Books by Asia Program Scholars and Staff

Dec 17, 2013
Asia Program scholars and staff have produced a bumper crop of new books over the past two years. Our ten most recent publications cover the broad expanse of Asia with a wide variety of focuses.

Pakistan's Former Leader Facing Treason Charges

Nov 21, 2013
Public Policy Scholar Farahnaz Ispahani recently spoke with Radio Australia about the special tribunal which has been set up to try Pakistani General Pervez Musharraf on charges of treason. Ispahani says this groundbreaking occurrence could lead to a conflict between the Pakistani military and its government.

Asia Program Welcomes Global Fellow Christina Lamb

Nov 12, 2013
Christina Lamb, currently with the Sunday Times, is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents. She has received numerous awards for her reportage, including the Prix Bayeux Calvados—one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for war correspondents—for her reporting from Afghanistan.

Pakistani Minister Addresses Urbanization

Nov 12, 2013
On November 6, Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan’s minister for planning, development, and reforms, gave the luncheon address at an Asia Program conference on Pakistan’s urbanization. Minister Iqbal discussed the policy and political implications of urbanization, and described how the Pakistani government intends to address its challenges.

Why Pakistanis Are Angry About Taliban Leader's Death

Nov 06, 2013
The U.S. drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud has seemingly sparked a fresh crisis in U.S.-Pakistan relations. Or has it? Michael Kugelman analyzes the fall out of Mehsud’s death.

An Incomplete Democracy

Oct 22, 2013
Pakistan, ruled by the military for half of its 66-year life, has taken steps toward democracy, but the process is far from complete as illustrated by the strength and influence of Pakistan’s military. When President Obama meets with Pakistan’s new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday, he should use the occasion to bolster the civilian government’s role relative to the military, writes Michael Kugelman in this New York Times op-ed.
Who's Telling Our Story?

Who's Telling Our Story: Report Studies Pakistani Women in Media

Sep 23, 2013
The culmination of a large scale project investigating the role of women in the media in Pakistan, Uks has launched the report "Who's Telling Our Story" to explore the issues raised by their findings. Asia Program Director Robert Hathaway contributed a message of support.

The Zardari Legacy

Sep 13, 2013
Zardari's legacy will be the strengthening of the democratic process. Out of office, he can now work on rebuilding the PPP so that the party can seek a mandate from the people during the next election to actually govern and deliver -- something it was not allowed to do last time, writes Farahnaz Ispahani.

Making Sense of the Musharraf Indictment

Aug 29, 2013
Musharraf's unprecedented indictment is a resounding victory for democracy in Pakistan, but is it also an ill-timed act of revenge politics that distracts from larger issues? Senior Program Associate Michael Kugelman believes so, as he writes in this Op-Ed for the Express Tribune.

The Merits of the Case

Aug 22, 2013
As gratifying as Musharraf's indictment is, let's hope that the Pakistani military and justice system treat his trial on its merits and do not move it into a personal or political realm, writes Public Policy Scholar Farahnaz Ispahani on ForeignPolicy.com.

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