Pakistan News

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.

First time in Pakistan's history coup-making general has to answer charges

Aug 21, 2013
Asia Program Public Policy Scholar Farahnaz Ispahani was interviewed on Voice of Russia regarding charges leveled on former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf.

Pakistan's Number One Threat

Aug 13, 2013
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has repeatedly declared that his number one priority is rebuilding his country’s economy. But Wilson Center and Asia Program Public Policy Scholar Farahnaz Ispahani warns, in an article published in the Foreign Policy’s AFPAK channel, that the Sharif government may face an even more urgent task: combatting the domestic terrorism that threatens the very future of Pakistan.

Karachi-upon-Thames

Aug 02, 2013
In her latest column for the New York Times' Latitude blog, former Wilson Center Pakistan Scholar Huma Yusuf discusses the powerful influence of a London-based Pakistani politician.

Pakistan's Sectarian Meltdown

Aug 01, 2013
Stability is Washington’s core interest in nuclear-armed, volatile Pakistan. This is why it agonizes over the Pakistani Taliban’s (TTP) vicious campaign of anti-state terror. Yet, it’s arguably sectarian violence that poses the greatest threat to Pakistan’s long-term stability, writes Michael Kugelman in The National Interest.

Calm Before the Storm

Aug 01, 2013
Does Kerry's trip to Pakistan herald a new era of warm relations for the two reluctant allies? Don't bet on it. The relationship between the United States and Pakistan may be in better shape than it was several years ago, but it remains troubled -- and could easily plunge back into crisis, writes Michael Kugelman.

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