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."

Dr. Altaf, a public health physician and the 2007-08 Wilson Center Pakistan Scholar, is writing a book on "Improving Aid Effectiveness: A Case Study of the Health and Population Sectors in Pakistan."

For Dr. Altaf's analysis, click here. For a different perspective, by Zubair Iqbal, click here.