Pakistan: Voting Under Military Tutelage

Article
January 2019

With its recent electoral turnover of power, Pakistan seemingly passed a milestone of democratic consolidation. But beneath the surface, power remains where it long has been—with the military.

Violence Against Women in Politics

Article
January 2017

The use of force and intimidation against women trying to take part in politics is a growing problem in many places. Such violence assumes a number of different forms, but all aim to keep women as women out of public life.

Shifting Tides in South Asia: Renewed Hope in Pakistan?

Article
April 2014
Long prone to coups, Pakistan now for the first time has seen a freely elected government duly serve out its full term and peacefully hand the 
reins of power to another.

Separated at Birth?

Article
October 2013

A review of The Promise of Power: The Origins of Democracy in India and Autocracy in Pakistan by Maya Tudor.

Documents on Democracy

Article
January 2013
  • The Democracy Courage Tribute was awarded to human-rights activists in Bahrain at the 7th Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy and accepted on their behalf by Maryam al-khawaja.
  • Several weeks before being shot by masked gunmen, 14-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai accepted the Pakistan Centre for Civic Education's Civic Courage Award.
  • Excerpts from Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili’s televised address conceding his party's defeat in the October 1 elections; and excerpts from opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili's statement clarifying his postelection call for Saakashvili to resign.
  • Excerpts from the December 2012 inaugural address of newly elected Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

Pakistan After Musharraf: An Emerging Civil Society?

Article
October 2008

The military regime opened up the media sector to more competition and private broadcasters in 2002, and the ramifications turned out to be vast.

Pakistan After Musharraf: The Burden of History

Article
October 2008

Since its founding out of the partition of British India in 1947, Pakistan has labored in the shadow of critical choices made at that time.

Pakistan After Musharraf: Praetorianism and Terrorism

Article
October 2008

The military is currently showing signs of wanting to back away from overt political involvement, but this should not be confused with a rejection of praetorianism or an acceptance of the principle of civilian supremacy.

Pakistan After Musharraf: The 2008 Elections

Article
October 2008

Elections set the stage for the General’s exit after nearly a decade in power, yet Pakistan still faces deep-seated structural problems that cannot be remedied merely by a return to competitive electoral politics.

Pakistan After Musharraf: The Media Take Center Stage

Article
October 2008

The military regime opened up the media sector to more competition and private broadcasters in 2002, and the ramifications turned out to be vast.

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