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Pakistan Democracy

Martin Luther King, the Beloved Community and the Socialist Idea

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

In King's faith-based Democratic Socialist idea and in his thoroughly humane vision of the Beloved Community that would embody it, there indeed is 'nothing which all cannot have their counterpart of on equal terms.'

Hope for a New Paradigm in U.S.-Pakistani Relations?

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Prem M. Trivedi

The need for a paradigm shift in the bilateral relationship appears to be an idea whose time has come within the U.S. foreign policy community. A revived U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue has the potential to launch a different kind of strategic framework.

Achieving a Better Understanding of Pakistan

Mark Kass, PhD | Posted 02.05.2014 | Books
Mark Kass, PhD

Haroon K. Ullah's work, Vying for Allah's Vote, focuses on democratization, security studies, and political party dynamics.

Why Is the Burqa a Buzzword?

Farahnaz Zahidi | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Farahnaz Zahidi

We are honestly just as normal or as crazy as the rest of the women of the world. We laugh. We cry. We make mistakes. We are women who earn for their families and we are women who are home-makers, or we are both.

The Toxic India-Pakistan Relationship -- When Will It All End?

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

The issues to be discussed are numerous, daunting and will take time; whether it is Kashmir, state-sponsored terrorism, Afghanistan or water issues, India and Pakistan need to agree to sit down at a table together to hash it out once and for all.

The Burden of Identity: Why I Constantly Feel the Need to Defend Pakistan

Sarah Munir | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Sarah Munir

And that is where the problem arises. When negative images of your country become part of a global popular culture, subconsciously guilt becomes a part of the national conscience.

The Meaning of Malala

Patrick Stephenson | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Patrick Stephenson

It's been awhile since I was inspired by something, but it happened the other day. I was listening to a girl give a speech on her 16th birthday. Some ...

Politics in Pakistan -- Failed by the Feudal System

Alayna Ahmad | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Alayna Ahmad

The recent election in Pakistan was disappointing for former cricket legend Imran Khan, the charismatic candidate for hope and change.

Polls Open In Pakistan Election

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2013 | World

By John Chalmers and Michael Georgy ISLAMABAD, May 11 (Reuters) - Pakistanis began voting on Saturday in a landmark election that will bring the fi...

Election Day in Pakistan: Will Violence Derail Democracy?

Michael Kugelman | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Michael Kugelman

Never before has one democratically elected government handed power to another. However, recent events suggest the election could make history of a very different kind -- Pakistan's most violent ballot ever.

Former Pakistani Ruler Arrested In Connection With Judge Firings

AP | SEBASTIAN ABBOT and MUNIR AHMED | Posted 06.18.2013 | World

ISLAMABAD — Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf vowed on Friday to fight what he called politically motivated allegations against h...

Pakistan Makes History But Can It Do It Again?

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
Ronak D. Desai

Given these grave challenges, Pakistan's upcoming parliamentary elections constitute a crucial test for its fragile democracy. Will the country's new government be able to address the rapidly deteriorating state of affairs in the country?

Pakistan Government Steps Down

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.16.2013 | World

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's government passed a major milestone Saturday, with the parliament becoming the first democratically chosen body to finish...

Pakistani Women Scale New Heights

Kiran Nazish | Posted 04.23.2013 | World
Kiran Nazish

Eight young women from Shimshal, Hunza, lead by Karachi-based, independent filmmaker, Shehrbano Saiyid, broke several records when they conquered three peaks with temperatures dipping -10 or less, at the Karakoram Range, in Gilgit-Baltistan region.

The Alternate Narrative: Hope, Transformation, Possibility

Xenia Dormandy | Posted 03.13.2013 | World
Xenia Dormandy

Many have noted a profound belief in a new path for Pakistan that could soon be realized. It is not a question of change eventually, but of change now.

I Am Going to Pakistan Because Too Many Questions Remain About U.S. Drone Strikes

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.14.2013 | World
Robert Greenwald

I'm going to Pakistan to investigate what life is like for those living under drones. Critical questions must be asked. Do these drone strikes make the United States any safer, or are they a prime recruitment tool resulting in more militancy?

Millions Dodging Ramadan Tax Collectors

AP | ADIL JAWAD | Posted 10.17.2012 | Religion

KARACHI, Pakistan — During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Muhammad Tashfeen Khan does what millions of other Pakistanis do: tries to keep his...

Pakistan's Institutional Troubles

Aziz Nayani | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Aziz Nayani

There has always been friction between the military and the elected government in Pakistan, but we now also see friction between the different components of the formal, constitutional branches of government.

Pakistan's Bhutto Dynasty Reconsidered

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 06.11.2012 | World
Saleem H. Ali

The Pakistan Peoples Party seems incapable of finding leaders outside the Bhutto clan. Why must there be a glass ceiling for leadership in the party that carries disproportionately more power?

Expectations for the New ISI Chief

Aziz Nayani | Posted 05.21.2012 | World
Aziz Nayani

No matter how attractive or sought after a job can be, it is never easy taking on a role that immediately requires damage control on multiple fronts. By becoming the new Director General of Pakistan's notorious intelligence agency, the Inter-Service Intelligence.

Congressional Balochistan Witness Prepares for Potential Firestorm Hearing for U.S. Pakistan Policy

Eddie Walsh | Posted 04.09.2012 | World
Eddie Walsh

Members of Congress must clearly convey their intentions when taking on potentially contentious issues that risk undermining one of the Obama administration's most important strategic partnerships. Balochistan is clearly one of those issues.

A Pakistani Spring Since Birth?

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 04.02.2012 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

In 2011, there were few on the outside who could find space for optimism with Pakistan, even some of my Pakistani friends living in the States. "Peopl...

Don't Expect a Revolution in Pakistan

Michael Kugelman | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
Michael Kugelman

Don't be fooled. Pakistan is too fractured to experience an Arab Spring-style mass movement. Pakistan's four provinces are often at odds, and ethnic and sectarian tensions are rife.

Pakistan Democracy: Not on the Brink Yet

Saad Khan | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Saad Khan

There has been much speculation about the future of democracy in Pakistan these days. Prophets of gloom are seeing generals at the ready. Optimists are hoping for a reconciliation. Reality lies between the two extremes.

The Plot Thickens in Pakistan

Saad Khan | Posted 02.22.2012 | World
Saad Khan

Pakistanis hate these presidential antics. They do not want military rule either.