South Asia

AfPak File: What's Next for the Haqqani Network?

Earlier this month, the Taliban announced that Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder, and leader of the feared Haqqani Network terror group, had died.

The Haqqani Network is a militant outfit fighting against the Afghan state and the U.S.-led forces that support it. It is a particularly potent faction of the Afghan Taliban.

The Quetta Experience: Attitudes and Values within Pakistan's Army

The Pakistani Army has long been a challenging yet critical partner for the U.S. government.
 
On the one hand, Washington views it as the architect of policies that are deeply problematic for the United States. These policies include the development and production of nuclear weapons, and the provision of safe havens for terrorists that target American soldiers across the border in Afghanistan. Despite Washington’s efforts to get Pakistan to alter these policies, they have remained in place for several decades.
 

The First Crisis for Pakistan’s New Government

One month into its term, Pakistan’s new government has experienced its first crisis.

It’s not about economics, even though many analysts had predicted that worsening balance of payments problems would constitute the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led administration’s first test. Nor does it have anything to do with foreign affairs, even as Pakistan’s relations with Washington and with its Indian and Afghan neighbors continue to struggle.

Instead, it revolves around a personnel decision.

The Quetta Experience: Attitudes and Values within Pakistan's Army (Event)

What do we know about members of the Pakistani Army? What are their values? What are their attitudes toward the United States and other key countries? How do they perceive internal and external threats? What are their thoughts on Pakistan’s political situation? What do they think about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program? How do these perspectives differ, if at all, within the Army and over time? A new Wilson Center study by David O.

Fears of the Fourth Estate: Current Challenges for the Pakistani Press

In recent months—and particularly in the weeks leading up to Pakistan’s July election—journalists, activists, and analysts have expressed concerns about growing threats to the Pakistani press. This event will feature a discussion of the current media environment in Pakistan. It will include the launch of a new Committee to Protect Journalists report and accompanying documentary, which is entitled “Acts of Intimidation: In Pakistan, Journalists’ Fear and Censorship Grow Even as Fatal Violence Declines.” How has Pakistan’s media climate and its challenges evolved over the years?

Aligning the Stars for Quality RMNCH Care! What Does it Take?

In the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, country and global stakeholders are focusing more on quality in health care, including quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) care. With momentum increasing to accelerate reductions in mortality and embrace a forward-looking “survive and thrive” agenda, there is an urgent need to support country health systems to incorporate high quality RMNCH health care as a core mission of a country's health system.

Where's the Link? Maternal and Child Health, Aid, and Armed Conflict

While most people killed in wars are male, several studies have found that “mortality among women in some high-intensity conflicts was as severe as male mortality,” said Henrik Urdal, the Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), at a recent Wilson Center event on the links between maternal and child health, aid, and armed conflict.

What Does Imran Khan’s Victory Mean?

Imran Khan may be a national hero for his cricket exploits, but as a politician, he is a polarizing figure. So, his election victory will mean very different things to many different people. For his supporters, his triumph offers resounding proof that there is a “third way” in Pakistani politics — that a civilian leader not linked to family dynasties or older and established parties can rise to the very top. For his detractors, his victory represents a soft coup led by a Pakistani military determined to bring its preferred candidate to power. 
 

Before Pakistan’s Election, a Tale of Two Narratives

In the final blitz before the election, expect two loud narratives to remain dominant—and, in the process, to drown out a number of key election storylines.

It’s no surprise, given the sky-high degree of political polarization in Pakistan, that two clashing narratives are dominating the country’s public discourse in the lead up to a national election on July 25.

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