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Pakistan, Afghanistan Should Work Against Anti-state Elements

The Century Foundation launched its report, Wake Up, Pakistan, this week in Islamabad. Speakers at the event included Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Pakistan's former foreign secretary Riaz Khokhar, Ambassador Ann Wilkens, Ambassador Cameron Munter, and other prominent officials and journalists.

The United States and the international community should use diplomatic, intelligence and military channels to ensure Pakistan and Afghanistan never supported anti-state actors against each other.

This was recommended in a report, “Wake up Pakistan” prepared by the Country Foundation International Working Group on Pakistan. The launching ceremony of the report was organised by the Centre for Research and Security Studies at a local restaurant on Tuesday.

Read more on the event in Dawn.

Tags: report, pakistan, afghanistan

Pakistan Cannot Exist without Sectarian Harmony, Warn Experts

Last week, The Century Foundation released a new report on Pakistan at an event held in Washington, D.C. Dawn, Pakistan's oldest and most widely read English-language newspaper, covered the launch, reporting on the highlights from panelists' discussion.

“The absence of rule of law lies at the heart of many problems Pakistan faces now,” he said. “This is the biggest threat.”

Read more about the event and the conversations it sparked here.

Tags: report, pakistan, china

MEDIA RELEASE: International Working Group Issues Urgent Warning for Pakistan

May 13, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Addressing Challenges in the Afghanistan - Pakistan Region

The Century Foundation International Working Group on Pakistan, chaired by Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and comprised of 26 prominent Pakistani, American and international figures, today released Wake Up, Pakistan calling on the nation’s leaders to urgently address multiple security, economic and governance threats before they overwhelm Pakistan itself, causing negative effects throughout South Asia.

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Iran is Winning the War for Dominance of the Middle East

There is a continuous battle for Middle Eastern dominance, with the two loose coalitions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, neither of whom have any solid grasp of what good governance would resemble in the region. TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis says that despite the highly regional localized struggle, the U.S. should "take particular care in this conflict."

Sure, it’s bizarre to see the U.S. military working with Iran to battle the Islamic State in Iraq, while working against Tehran in Yemen. It’s also refreshing. This isn’t a homily; it’s foreign policy. It’s encouraging to see the United States operating around the edges of a complex, multiparty conflict and finding ways to advance American interests.

Read Cambanis's full article.

Tags: saudi arabia, middle east violence, middle east conflict, iran

Obama’s State of the Union and Climate Change

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya looks at how climate change fit into this week’s State of the Union address for the U.S. News and World Report’s Debate Club.

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Tags: state of the union, president obama, obama, climate change

Corruption and Revolt

In this week’s New Yorker, TCF fellow Patrick Radden Keefe takes a look at corruption: all nations have it, but just when is it too much? 

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Tags: karzai, foreign policy, corruption, afghanistan

 

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