Shahid Javed Burki

For Shahid Javed Burki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 13, 2013

The dawning of Pakistan's political renaissance?

Executive authority in Pakistan, a country long prone to military coup, increasingly is in the hands of elected representatives, rather than dispersed among various competing institutions. The political establishment has been revitalized.

Jan 23, 2013

Pakistan's democracy weathering the storms

Since mid-December, Pakistan has experienced political and economic volatility that is extraordinary even by Pakistani standards. The fragile political structure that began to be erected following the resumption of civilian government in 2008 is now shaking. A key source of this unrest is Tahirul ...

Feb 2, 2012

Demilitarizing Muslim politics

Can Muslim governments free themselves from their countries’ powerful militaries and establish civilian control comparable to that found in liberal democracies? This question is now paramount in countries as disparate as Egypt, Pakistan and Turkey. To predict how this struggle will play out, it ...

Jan 4, 2012

Winds of political change blow through Pakistan

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari abruptly returned to Karachi on the morning of Dec. 19, following a 13-day absence for medical treatment in Dubai, where he lived while in exile. The government did not issue a formal statement about Zadari’s health, but his supporters ...

Sep 14, 2011

U.S. response to 9/11 plunged Pakistan into chaos

The 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States sent shock waves around the world from which Pakistan has still not recovered. Indeed, Pakistan’s participation in what former U.S. President George W. Bush called the “global war on terror” has produced overwhelmingly negative consequences, as ...

Aug 8, 2011

China could fill Af-Pak vacuum left by U.S.

Relations between the United States and Pakistan have continued to fray since a U.S. Special Forces team killed Osama bin Laden in a comfortable villa near a major Pakistani military academy. But the tit-for-tat retaliations that have followed the raid reflect deeper sources of ...

Jun 2, 2011

Pakistan again turns toward China

Large events sometimes have unintended strategic consequences, as the killing of Osama bin Laden in a compound in Abbottabad, a military-dominated town near Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, shows. The fact that the world’s most wanted man lived for a half-dozen years in a large house ...

Feb 19, 2011

Bracing for Pakistan's 'Mubarak moment'

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s domestic situation is becoming increasingly precarious. Indeed, serious questions are being raised as to whether the country can survive in its present form. Such questions stem from a growing fear that Islamist groups might once again make a serious bid to ...

Oct 19, 2010

The return of Musharraf

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan’s former president, Pervez Musharraf, has decided to return to Pakistani politics, if not quite to Pakistan. He announced his decision at London’s National Liberal Club, an institution founded in the 19th century by William Gladstone and other stalwarts of Britain’s ...