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Sharia and the State in Pakistan: Blasphemy Politics

This book analyses the formulation, interpretation and implementation of sharia in Pakistan and its relationship with the Pakistani state whilst addressing the complexity of sharia as a codified set of laws.

AfPak File: Assessing Imran Khan’s Visit To America

Earlier this week, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan made his first visit to Washington since he became prime minister. He met with President Trump at the White House and held a series of other high-level meetings with U.S. officials and corporate leaders, among other activities.

The latest edition of The AfPak File reviews and assesses Khan’s visit. What are the main takeaways? Did Washington and Islamabad get what they wanted? And what’s next for the U.S.-Pakistan relationship?

Event Recap: Why Can’t Pakistani Children Read?

On Friday, July 12, Nadia Naviwala, a former Public Policy Fellow at the Wilson Center launched her report titled “Why Can’t Pakistani Children Read? The Inside Story On Education Reforms Gone Wrong.”

Why Can't Pakistani Children Read? The Inside Story of Education Reform Efforts Gone Wrong (Report)

In Pakistan, millions of children are not in school. And yet, millions more are in school, where they must suffer through the effects of a broken education system. Even after many years of being in school, most of these children struggle to read and learn.

Why Can’t Pakistani Children Read? The Inside Story of Education Reform Efforts Gone Wrong (Event)

In Pakistan, millions of children are not in school. And yet, millions more are in school, where they must suffer through the effects of a broken education system. Even after many years of being in school, most of these children struggle to read and learn. After decades of building schools and enrolling children in them, the international community has been forced to confront the reality that schools in Pakistan—and elsewhere around the world—are not delivering education, or even literacy.

An Obscure Organization with Outsize Importance

Last week in Orlando, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) convened one of its regular meetings.

FATF is not exactly a household name, and not surprisingly its meeting garnered relatively little global media attention. And yet the organization plays a significant global role—and particularly with regards to Pakistan.

Afpak File: From Welfare State to Austerity: What's Next for Pakistan's Economy?

Pakistan's economy is heavily indebted and mired in a balance of payments crisis. In recent days Islamabad introduced an austerity budget, and a new IMF program will likely be finalized soon.

In the latest edition of The AfPak File, experts discuss the state of Pakistan's economy and the way forward; what to expect from the new budget and a potential IMF program; and what Pakistan's economic hardships and the policy response could mean politically for Prime Minister Imran Khan's government.

AfPak File: What Do U.S.-Iran Tensions Mean For Pakistan?

With U.S.-Iran relations in serious crisis, Pakistan finds itself in a uniquely vulnerable position. It has significant relationships with Tehran’s U.S. and Saudi rivals. It has a large Shia population that may exceed 30 million. And it shares a border with Iran.

What does the U.S.-Iran confrontation mean for Islamabad, and how does it affect Pakistan’s stated position of neutrality in the Saudi-Iranian rivalry?

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