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Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari speaks at a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 7.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari speaks at a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 7.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister: We’re Not a ‘Geopolitical Football’

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Islamabad’s relations with Beijing and Washington and how his country is dealing with deadly floods.

Members of the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers shake hands during a ceremony celebrating Pakistan's 75th Independence Day at the Attari-Wagah post on the India-Pakistan border, on Aug. 14.
Members of the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers shake hands during a ceremony celebrating Pakistan's 75th Independence Day at the Attari-Wagah post on the India-Pakistan border, on Aug. 14.

India-Pakistan Ties Are Warming—but Don’t Get Excited Just Yet

When sworn enemies with nuclear arms get along better, it’s incredibly significant news.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives to appear before the Anti-Terrorism Court in Islamabad on Sept. 1.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives to appear before the Anti-Terrorism Court in Islamabad on Sept. 1.

Pakistan and the U.S. Have Made Up, but Will It Last?

The worst floods in memory may have occasioned a reset in relations, but Imran Khan could still prove a spoiler.

A flood-hit area in Pakistan
A flood-hit area in Pakistan

Pakistan’s Next Superflood Is Coming. The Cavalry Isn’t.

Even a 1.5 degree warming target is untenable for countries already wracked by extreme weather. The West needs to step up.

A child stands in front of a makeshift shelter on the banks of a body of water.
A child stands in front of a makeshift shelter on the banks of a body of water.

Pakistan’s Flood Disaster Shows the Perils of Climate Shortsightedness

“We have never had a really good plan in terms of how we counter climate change,” one expert noted.

Bhutto holds his arms in the air waving as a Pakistani flag waves in the background.
Bhutto holds his arms in the air waving as a Pakistani flag waves in the background.

Pakistan’s Ghosts Loom Over Imran Khan

Khan’s rhetoric resembles that of another former Pakistan Army protege: the late Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

Two people on a makeshift raft during flooding in Pakistan
Two people on a makeshift raft during flooding in Pakistan

Extreme Weather Is Brutalizing Asia

Floods, droughts, tropical storms, and heat waves are severely testing the resilience of a region with a lot of vulnerable people.

Imran Khan gestures toward an unseen crowd as he stands in front of a screen showing an enlarged photo of his face.
Imran Khan gestures toward an unseen crowd as he stands in front of a screen showing an enlarged photo of his face.

Imran Khan’s Revolution

The ousted prime minister is challenging the taboos of Pakistani politics.

Opposition supporters march during a protest against inflation, political destabilization, and fuel price hikes in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on July 2.
Opposition supporters march during a protest against inflation, political destabilization, and fuel price hikes in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on July 2.

Pakistan Is Drowning in Debt

Rising prices, food insecurity, and a growing debt burden make Islamabad’s other challenges all the more pressing.

Khan and supporters stand on a wooden platform atop a vehicle and wave to crowds of people and cars.
Khan and supporters stand on a wooden platform atop a vehicle and wave to crowds of people and cars.

Pakistan’s Narrative Problem

Years of propaganda have given Pakistanis an unrealistic understanding of what ails their country.

Afghan refugees sit around a makeshift tent in Pakistan.
Afghan refugees sit around a makeshift tent in Pakistan.

Leaning on Pakistan Can Get Abandoned Afghans to Safety

Thousands of Afghans who worked with the United States need a route out.

Armed militants of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan pose for photographs.
Armed militants of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan pose for photographs.

Pakistan Sponsored Terror Next Door. Now, It’s Back to Roost

Afghans rue the return of the Taliban. So does Pakistan, as al Qaeda-linked militants run rampant.

Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan hold flags.
Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan hold flags.

Pakistan’s Military Ends Its Experiment With Hybrid Democracy

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ouster goes down as a failure for the generals’ intervention in domestic politics.

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