The Struggle Within: What Pakistan's Unrest Could Mean for the United States
Tensions within Pakistan are on the rise. Lawyers have taken to the streets to protest President Pervez Musharraf’s decision to remove the Supreme Court chief justice. Many in the country are wondering if these protests are emblematic of a larger problem: a perceived crackdown on democratic institutions. Meanwhile President Musharraf works to maintain control over a country increasingly divided by violent radical Islamists while allying himself with the United States in the global war on terror. Can he work with the very elements the United States urges him to go after?
Daniel Markey argues that the newly elected Pakistani prime minister's core agenda, "economic reform and improved ties with India—is one the United States should cheer."