In recent weeks, food inflation has spread across the globe. However, according to Asia Program associate Michael Kugelman in an April 25 commentary, Pakistani consumers have faced high food costs for months. Increasing food prices, general inflation, and energy shortages have triggered an economic crisis in Pakistan that "threatens to reverse the gains" of last February's elections. Yet the United States, Mr. Kugelman argues, can take steps to help ease Pakistan's economic strife.
The Wilson Center's 2007-08 Pakistan Scholar, Samia Altaf, looks at South Asia's tradition of political dynasties -- and warns that Pakistan has not broken free of dynastic politics simply because of one successful election. For Dr. Altaf's article in the March 27, 2008 edition of The News.
The Wilson Center's 2007-08 Pakistan Scholar, Samia Altaf, critiques the quality of political leadership in Pakistan in a thought-provoking op-ed from the March 27, 2008 edition of Dawn.
Why hasn't the United States gotten more for the $10+ billion it has provided Pakistan in recent years? Asia Program director Robert M. Hathaway wrestles with this question in an article in the March 2008 issue of the journal Contemporary South Asia.
Pakistan Scholar Samia Altaf calls for apologies from Pakistan's major political and military figures and more effective oversight to constrain future governments in the March 12, 2008, issue of Dawn.
In an article in the March 7, 2008, Friday Times, Asia Program director Robert M. Hathaway suggests that as the two countries consider how best to restructure their bilateral relations in the aftermath of Pakistan's February elections, it might be useful for Islamabad and Washington to think in terms of mutually reinforcing obligations toward each other.
Reflecting on Pakistan's political crisis in the wake of the November 3 imposition of emergency rule and the calling of elections for January 8, Wilson Center Pakistan Scholar Samia Altaf worries that a strategy based on urging Pakistan to "return to democracy" without the institutions that make democracy meaningful "betrays either naivete or disinterest."
Testimony of Robert M. Hathaway before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on International Development, Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection