Category: Pakistan

Can new social contract restore faith in democracy?

     

Labor unions have played a critical role in democratic transitions, in sustaining democracy and  as civil society groups advancing pluralism and democratic norms. So the latest annual Global Rights Index from the… Read more »

The New Normal? From non-state actors to ‘terrorist governors’

     

The Venezuelan regime’s mobilization of violent colectivo gangs against opposition protesters is only the latest instance of authoritarian regimes orchestrating illiberal non-state actors to counter democratic forces. Some non-state actors… Read more »

China’s Belt and Road initiative: lessons from Malaysia and Pakistan

     

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been described by President Xi Jinping as the “project of the century.” But with resistance growing, the vulnerabilities of China’s ascent are beginning to reveal opportunities for… Read more »

Pakistan’s Erdogan? Imran Khan’s populism is ‘bent toward Islamism’

     

It’s been a difficult few days for the party that used to run Pakistan, The New York Times reports: First, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, known as the P.M.L.-N., came a… Read more »

Media crackdown raises fears for Pakistan’s democracy

     

  The abduction of newspaper columnist and prominent critic of the military, Gul Bukhari (left), came just a day after the army’s chief spokesman declared that social media users who… Read more »

Military perfects art of undermining Pakistan’s ‘tutelary democracy’

     

On Friday Pakistan moved toward its second democratic transition of power in its 71-year-old history as Nasirul Mulk, a retired judge, was sworn in as caretaker prime minister for two months to… Read more »

Pakistan’s ‘second democratic transition’?

     

A former Pakistani Supreme Court chief justice has been chosen as the caretaker prime minister until late July, when Pakistan is to hold general elections, the New York Times reports:… Read more »