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Pakistan's Urbanization: Achieving Progress, Growth, and Development Through Urban Renewal

Nadeem Ul Haque, a former deputy chairman of the Pakistani government’s Planning Commission, discusses what must be done to make Pakistan’s cities a better force for economic growth and development.

Securing ‘Loose Nukes’

The international community is taking gradual—yet effective—steps to secure nuclear materials, with Russia “turning the corner from nuclear problem state to nuclear solution state,” Carnegie’s Matthew Rojansky says. In this interview, he and other experts assess the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul.

Asia Program Welcomes Global Fellow Huma Yusuf

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce Pakistani journalist Huma Yusuf as a Wilson Center Global Fellow. Ms. Yusuf, the Wilson Center’s 2010-11 Pakistan Scholar, is a weekly columnist for Dawn, an influential Pakistani newspaper. She also writes regularly for the International New York Times. Earlier in her career, she was features editor for Dawn.com and for the Pakistani monthly news analysis magazine Herald.

Pakistan's Economic Mess—and Washington's Opportunity

In recent weeks, food inflation has spread across the globe. However, according to Asia Program associate Michael Kugelman in an April 25 commentary, Pakistani consumers have faced high food costs for months. Increasing food prices, general inflation, and energy shortages have triggered an economic crisis in Pakistan that "threatens to reverse the gains" of last February's elections. Yet the United States, Mr. Kugelman argues, can take steps to help ease Pakistan's economic strife.

Why Pakistanis Are Angry About Taliban Leader's Death

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.

Getting to true democracy

Struggling with the notion of "true democracy" in the context of Pakistan's volatile politics and poor institutional base, Wilson Center 2007-08 Pakistan Scholar Samia Altaf worries about the viability of leadership,that prefers loyalty and respectability over specific skills and qualifications. Recruitment of competent candidates, based on merit and equality, Dr. Altaf suggests, will help build institutions that sustain democracy.

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