Having returned from Islamabad only a month ago, Asia Foundation expert Jon Summers shared some of his knowledge and insights into the current situation in Pakistan with Council members last night. He laid out myriad challenges facing Pakistan, from governance and counterinsurgency to the economy and education, and he suggested potential strategies to deal with some of these issues. Despite the predominance of US media reports of violence and insurgency in the country, Summers noted that Pakistan indeed possesses many assets, from a strong human resource base to vibrant civil society.
For more on Pakistan, watch or listen to the recording of last night’s program with Jon Summers, or check out a couple of the articles and studies mentioned in the lecture (links below).
“In Refugee Aid, Pakistan’s War Has New Front”
A July 2nd New York Times article on the two million displaced people in Pakistani refugee camps and the fight between the United States and hard-line Islamist charities for their allegiance.
“Power Dynamics, Institutional Instability and Economic Growth: The Case of Pakistan”
A study, supported by The Asia Foundation, which analyzes economic development in Pakistan in the context of power and institutions in the country. It examines the causes of continuing development challenges, and it identifies seven strategic “Drivers of Change” that could address these root causes for a major impact on development in Pakistan.