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?
Michael Gerson writes that "Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is attempting something rare and difficult -- sharing power with the man who tried to murder him."
Zimbabwe has been ruled by a unity government since 2008, but President Robert Mugabe and his party continue to usurp power and pillage the country's wealth.
The United States should position itself to take advantage of a post-Mugabe transition by working with other countries of the southern African region to limit the risk of civil violence in Zimbabwe and lay the groundwork for a better future.