The Fractious Path: Pakistan’s Democratic Transition



Since its creation in 1947, Pakistan has oscillated between weak democratic governments and military dictatorships. In 2013, for the first time, there was a peaceful transfer of power from one democratic government to another. These recent years of transition have altered Pakistan’s historical trajectory, as it is now straddling a democratic path.

Raza Rumi’s new book, The Fractious Path: Pakistan’s Democratic Transition, records the major developments during the first civilian government (2008-2013) after almost nine years of military rule. Since then, political instability, regional conflict and terrorism have plagued the growth of democracy in the nation, resulting in perennial political instability.

At a forthcoming event at the National Endowment for Democracy, Rumi will discuss the broad themes outlined in this book, along with the implications for the future of Pakistan’s democracy. South Asia experts Robin Raphel and Marvin Weinbaum will comment on the challenges faced by Pakistan and in particular its democratic institutions.

The International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy

cordially invites you to a book launch

“The Fractious Path: Pakistan’s Democratic Transition”


Mr. Raza Rumi

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow

with comments by

Ambassador Robin Raphel

Former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia


Dr. Marvin Weinbaum

Middle East Institute

moderated by

Mr. Christopher Walker

International Forum for Democratic Studies

Thursday, July 21, 2016 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004 Telephone: 202-378-9675 RSVP (acceptances only) with name and affiliation by Tuesday, July 19


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