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How the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan Strengthened Pakistan’s Military Deep State

How the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan Strengthened Pakistan’s Military Deep State

By Dhruv Banerjee
The invasion sparked an internationally supported process of militarization and Islamization that cemented the military's power.

Uzair Younus on Pakistan’s Polycrisis

Uzair Younus on Pakistan’s Polycrisis

By Shannon Tiezzi
“Pakistan is facing a polycrisis and it is the convergence of political, economic, social, and security crises that makes the current situation so volatile.”
In Pakistan, Hybrid Rule Is Further Institutionalized Through Dynastic Political Parties

In Pakistan, Hybrid Rule Is Further Institutionalized Through Dynastic Political Parties

By Ali Malik
Amid the power struggle between the PML-N, PPP, and PTI, the only winner has been the military establishment. 

Michael Kugelman on Pakistani Politics After Nawaz Sharif’s Return

Michael Kugelman on Pakistani Politics After Nawaz Sharif’s Return

By Shannon Tiezzi
"One can't rule out anything in Pakistani politics, which are nothing if not unpredictable."

Where Does Pakistan’s Democracy Go From Here? 

Where Does Pakistan’s Democracy Go From Here? 

By Ailia Zehra
Last year, Imran Khan’s ouster and the end of the “hybrid regime” briefly gave hope to those seeking true democracy in Pakistan. But the military managed to further consolidate its grip on power. 

Imran Khan’s Many Missed Opportunities

Imran Khan’s Many Missed Opportunities

By Raja Qaiser Ahmed and Muhammad Shoaib
Khan missed the chance to make his support base democratic and republican – and thereby transform himself into a true political force to reckon with.

Is Pakistan’s Powerful Military on the Ropes?

Is Pakistan’s Powerful Military on the Ropes?

By Kiyya Baloch
There is a powerful surge of public anger against the military's political interference. But Pakistan's civilian politicians are too caught up in their personal feuds to capitalize on the movement.
Is This the End for Pakistan’s Sharif Political Dynasty?

Is This the End for Pakistan’s Sharif Political Dynasty?

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The Sharif family’s political fate hinges on whether they can overcome a split between backers of brothers Nawaz and Shehbaz – and convince supporters their alignment with the military is not a betrayal.

What’s Driving Pakistan’s Political Crisis?

What’s Driving Pakistan’s Political Crisis?

Madiha Afzal, Ayesha Siddiqa, and Niloufer Siddiqui discuss the factors behind Imran Khan's ouster and what comes next for Pakistan.

Which Asia-Pacific Countries Were (and Weren’t) Invited to the US Summit for Democracy?

Which Asia-Pacific Countries Were (and Weren’t) Invited to the US Summit for Democracy?

By Shannon Tiezzi
The guest list underscores the region’s ambivalent relationship with democracy and political freedom.

No, Fazlur Rehman Cannot Protect Pakistanis’ Democratic Rights

No, Fazlur Rehman Cannot Protect Pakistanis’ Democratic Rights

By Umair Jamal
Opposition parties have tapped a right-wing Islamist as the leader of the Pakistan Democratic Movement. That raises serious questions.
What Does the Musharraf Verdict Mean for Pakistan?

What Does the Musharraf Verdict Mean for Pakistan?

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
The sentencing to death of Musharraf has been welcomed by many Pakistanis.

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