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What to Expect from Pakistan's Election?

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On July 25, Pakistan will hold an election that will constitute the country’s second consecutive peaceful transfer of power. The incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party, hit by corruption charges that have resulted in a 10-year jail sentence for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, will try to fend off several opponents. They are led by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, headed by cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan. What might recent Pakistani political developments—including Sharif’s sentencing, dozens of parliamentarians changing their political affiliations, and the emergence of several new religious political parties—portend for the election outcome? What role, if any, might Pakistan’s powerful military be playing in the election? What implications might the election’s possible outcomes have for the United States? This event will address these questions and more.

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  • Mariam Mufti

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo (Canada)
  • Sahar Khan

    Visiting Research Fellow, CATO Institute
  • Tamanna Salikuddin

    Senior Expert, Inclusive Peace Processes, U.S. Institute of Peace, and Former Pakistan and Afghanistan Director, U.S. National Security Council