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
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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