Shahid Javed Burki

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

A tipping point for Pakistan?

Commentary / World Dec 23, 2014

A tipping point for Pakistan?

The attack on an army school in Peshawar, Pakistan, was the Taliban's single deadliest in its history. The question now is whether it will turn out to be a turning point for Pakistan in its relations with the group.

Commentary / World Jul 4, 2014

Pakistan waging a risky war at home

Pakistan's launch of a full-scale military operation in the North Waziristan Tribal Agency, to eliminate terrorist bases and to clear out foreign fighters, will trigger yet another refugee crisis. And that risks spreading the terrorist threat to other parts of Pakistan.

Commentary / World 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.

Commentary / World 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 Qadri, ...

Commentary / World 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 helps ...

Commentary / World 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 ...