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August 1, 2018

Pakistan
Erum Ahmed, chief executive officer (CEO) of the textile retail brand So Kamal, talks to workers as she visits a factory in Faisalabad. Pakistan’s Imran Khan Promises End to Discriminatory Laws

Khan has a powerful opportunity to deliver on his party’s platform and further Pakistani women’s workplace safety -- and the economic growth of the entire nation.

July 26, 2018

Pakistan
Imran Khan_7.26.2018 A Glimpse of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Under Imran Khan?

In a speech declaring victory in yesterday’s elections, Imran Khan outlined a vision for Pakistan’s relations with its neighbors, and called for “more balanced” ties with the United States.

August 14, 2018

Pakistan
Attendees wave Pakistan's national flag while singing national songs at a ceremony to celebrate the country's 71st Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, Pakistan August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro Pakistan at Seventy-One: the Search for a New Pakistan

On Pakistan's seventy-first independence day, the country faces an economic crisis and a terrorism crisis. Whether prime minister–designate Imran Khan can deliver on his promise of a “naya Pakistan” …

August 1, 2018

Southeast Asia
Pompeo_7.26.2018 What to Watch for From Southeast Asian States During the Pompeo Trip

Beginning tomorrow, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Asia for a trip to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, three important U.S. partners in Southeast Asia. In addition to bilateral meetings…

July 23, 2018

Pakistan
Pakistan elections 7.23.2018 Pakistan’s General Election 2018: So Far, No Cause for Celebration

Ahead of national elections in Pakistan this week, allegations of pre-poll rigging, press intimidation, and the mainstreaming of militant groups are all cause for concern.

October 3, 2011

Intelligence
Anwar al-Awlaki: What We Learned from His Killing Anwar al-Awlaki: What We Learned from His Killing

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric with ties to al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate, gives a sermon in an undisclosed location in October 2008. After covert military operations are revealed—in this cas…

January 9, 2012

Malaysia
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (C) talks to his supporters while flanked by his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail after the verdict of his sodomy trial was announced in Kuala Lumpur January 9, 2012. Anwar Ibrahim Acquitted

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted Monday morning in Kuala Lumpur on sodomy charges -- the second time he has faced such charges in two decades. The decision was frankly a surpri…

July 2, 2018

Southeast Asia
Mahathir_5.10.2018 Malaysia Achieved a Democratic Victory—But Don’t Expect Its Success to Spread

In early May, Malaysia was stunned by the victory, in national elections, of the opposition coalition, led by Mahathir Mohamad and essentially (from jail), longtime opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. A…

June 25, 2018

Southeast Asia
Mahathir-Abe_6.12.2018 After the Big Win, Mahathir Faces Reality—Part Two

In my previous post, I discussed how, after a surprising victory in May elections, and jubilation among supporters of the former opposition coalition that they had finally broken through, ending the …

June 19, 2018

Southeast Asia
Mahathir_6.11.2018 After the Big Win, Mahathir Faces Reality

Following the surprise victory by Malaysia’s (former) opposition coalition in national elections in May, a spirit of jubilation erupted in much of the country, at least in regions not won by UMNO, th…