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.
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.
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, 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.
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto discusses the longer-term impact of the U.S. government shutdown on relations with Asia.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce Japanese Diet member and Parliamentary Secretary of the Environment Hideki Makihara as a Wilson Center Global Fellow. Mr. Makihara is in his second term as a member of the House of Representatives with the Liberal Democratic Party. In September 2013, he was also named Parliamentary Secretary of the Environment.
As part of his presentation, Springtime in Asia, Senior Scholar Nobuo Fukuda sat down with the Asia Program for an interview.
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.
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.