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Pakistan Democracy

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.

Exclusive: NPR's Steve Inskeep Talks About His New Book on Karachi: Can Pakistan Turn the Corner?

Anis Shivani | Posted 01.31.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, has written a most readable, informative, entertaining, and provocative narrative of contemporary Karachi. I recently had an email discussion with Inskeep about the city and the region.

Balls-Up in Pakistan

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 02.05.2012 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

To me, the most striking thing about the text, which has both an authentic and an artificial ring, is the Pakistani obsession with and anger toward the Osama bin Laden operation.

Is Charisma Enough to Save Pakistan?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 01.02.2012 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Imran Khan has populist appeal with his stand against corruption and his criticism of US policy in Pakistan. But will he have enough support and gravitas to lead his country out of its economic slump and lack of moral direction?

US Approach to Punishing Pakistan Is Ineffective: Why Bridges, Books & Butter Approach Will Win Hearts and Minds

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Contrary to popular opinion among U.S. foreign policymakers, the way to undermine growth of insurgencies in Pakistan is not through drone strikes, air and night raids, or covert operations,

Pakistan - A Country in Search of a Leader

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 11.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Pakistan needs new leadership to take the country out of this spiral down into further poverty and despair, which historically leads to anger and extremist violence. More spending on the military will not prevent violence; it will only make it worse.

An Interview With Nadeem F. Paracha

Sobia Ali | Posted 11.13.2011 | World
Sobia Ali

"Now's the time for the United States to adjust its ways and try more to engage with the people of Pakistan through their representatives in the shape of the country's mainstream political parties."

After the Breakup: What Next for U.S.-Pakistan Relations

C. Christine Fair | Posted 10.25.2011 | World
C. Christine Fair

America should engage Pakistan's emerging civilian centers of power. The most likely path to a stable Pakistan involves empowering civilians to exert control over its security and foreign policies.

Consensus, Not Conflict

Syed Yahya Hussainy | Posted 10.10.2011 | World
Syed Yahya Hussainy

Politicians negotiating positions, impassioned youth taking to the streets, public debate about important issues -- these are the signs that the people of Pakistan have embraced democracy, not that they are turning it away.

A Double Game in Pakistan? More Like Double Shame

Rob Asghar | Posted 08.03.2011 | World
Rob Asghar

In a nation of 180 million people, only two million Pakistanis pay taxes. This may at first glance seem a tragic consequence of poverty, but bear in mind that roughly 30 percent of Pakistanis live in poverty, not 99 percent.

Pakistan's Faustian Parliament

Wajid Ali Syed | Posted 07.20.2011 | World
Wajid Ali Syed

The parliament has an obligation to explain to the public not only how and why Osama bin Laden was living in Abbottabad, but why the Taliban continues to carry out its bloody operations.

Raymond Davis -- Deport the Killer

Shahid Mahmood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shahid Mahmood

Policies of appeasement allow military contractors a free license to patrol and kill in Pakistan -- in the case of Raymond Davis, the ability to fire on his assailants 10 times.

What Does Egypt Mean for Pakistan?

Ethan Casey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

There is a lot of work to do to continue educating the American public on our steep learning curve about the Muslim world in general and Pakistan in particular.

Decades Late and (Billions of) Dollars Short: the U.S. Begins Considering the Facts in Pakistan

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

U.S. foreign policy has hardly supported democratic institutions in Pakistan. The New York Times has finally chosen to pay a nod to these concerns.

Predictions

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nick Mills

Adm. Mullen may be right in saying that the Pakistani military "knows what it has to do" to rout the Taliban and al Qaeda from their Pakistani sanctuaries, but does the U.S. military know what it has to do? The answer is increasingly apparent.

Pakistan Deserves the Opportunity to Succeed

Syed Yahya Hussainy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Syed Yahya Hussainy

Terrorism will always make headlines, but given the political jockeying in Pakistan, many media groups are running alarmist, nearly hysterical headlines predicting the imminent doom of Pakistani democracy.

A View from Pakistan: Why American Elections Represent Third World Scenarios

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saad Khan

Poor literacy rates, extreme corruption, and a general sense of despair are all symbols of third world countries. So why is it that US politicians are falling to those same levels?

Musharraf Cometh?

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

On Friday, Imran Farooq, a founding leader of MQM, the fourth-largest political party in Pakistan, was stabbed to death in London. Since 2009, more than 200 MQM workers and supporters have been the victims of targeted killings.

Naming Controversy Sparks Riots in an Already Embattled Pakistan

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

The course of recent protests and any political development will heavily impact the already compromised stability of Pakistan.

Can the Center Hold?

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

The center is the Pak Army, and the central question today is whether the Army, the steel frame of Pakistani society, can hold the line against the rising tide of Islamist radicalism.

Pakistani Army Fighting The Taliban (VIDEO): Amazing Footage From New PBS Documentary

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

"NOW on PBS" has obtained some amazing footage of the Pakistani army taking the fight to the Taliban in Waziristan as part of its look at the U.S.'s ...

U.S. Rushes Aid To Pakistan To Fight Taliban

nytimes.com | ERIC SCHMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON - Even as the Pakistani government plays down the American role in its military operations in Taliban-controlled areas along the border wit...