Pakistan News

Time for Pakistan's Leaders to Stand Up for Women

Mar 07, 2014
With the Taliban’s call for the imposition of Sharia law during current peace talks between the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and the Pakistani government, there are growing concerns that women’s freedoms will be further eroded, writes Farahnaz Ispahani.

Is There Any Hope for Pakistan's Shias?

Feb 27, 2014
Remarks made by Michael Kugelman at a February 24 conference on the world's Shia Muslims.

Could Pakistan Become a Sharia State?

Feb 14, 2014
As Pakistan’s government prepares to launch peace negotiations with the Pakistani Taliban, which has led a violent insurgency that ultimately seeks to impose harsh forms of Sharia law, Michael Kugelman discusses whether Pakistan could one day become a Sharia state.

Pakistan’s Militancy Response: Too Little, Too Late

Feb 04, 2014
Pakistan may finally be getting more serious about tackling its militancy problem. But don’t get your hopes up.

Jihadist Violence: The Indian Threat

Dec 30, 2013
The Asia Program is pleased to have published a timely new study by Prof. Stephen Tankel on militancy in India. Prof. Tankel's main focus is a loosely organized indigenous Islamist militant network known as the Indian Mujahideen.

Ahsan Iqbal Discusses Urbanization in Pakistan

Dec 23, 2013
Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan's minister for planning, development, and reforms, and a top official in the country's ruling party, discusses Pakistan's urbanization challenges.

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.

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