Wake Up, Pakistan

Hosted by The Century Foundation with remarks from CIC's Barnett Rubin

Over the past two years, South Asia has gone through several overlapping transitions: new governments in Islamabad, Kabul, and New Delhi, the drawdown of the bulk of U.S. and international troops from Afghanistan, and an increasingly active role by China. These transitions have taken place at a time when Pakistan faces an array of critical challenges: internal militancy, struggles with economic and human development, and debates over political legitimacy. They also come at a juncture when the attention of the international community has shifted away from the region to instability and violence in the Middle East, tensions in Eastern Europe, and the increasing role for the U.S. in the Asia-Pacific. While these events have overshadowed recent developments in South Asia, this does not translate into a diminution of the importance of the region. Time is running out for Pakistan to wake up to its present predicament and begin a serious reassessment of the fundamental policy challenges it faces.

To analyze these issues and to make recommendations on how Pakistan can best capitalize on these transitions and how the international community can best support that process, The Century Foundation convened a Working Group, chaired by Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and comprised of prominent Americans, Pakistanis, and internationals who are deeply concerned about the country’s future. The Working Group believes it is time for Pakistan to address these problems vigorously and comprehensively and for the international community to create a sustainable basis for future engagement. On May 14, the Working Group launched its report—Wake Up, Pakistan.

Download or buy the report, Wake Up, Pakistan.

Access a recap of the launch event at The Century Foundation's website.



Michael Wahid Hanna Principal Investigator Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

Introductory Remarks:

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, Former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Riaz Khokhar, Former Pakistani Foreign Secretary


Robert Finn, Principal Investigator Non-Resident Fellow, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Princeton University Former United States Ambassador to Afghanistan

Imtiaz Gul Executive, Director, Center for Research and Security Studies

Barnett Rubin, Senior Fellow and Associate Director, Afghanistan Pakistan Regional Program New York University Center on International Cooperation


Mosharraf Zaidi Principal Investigator Campaign Director, Alif Ailaan

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May 14, 2015
Pakistan, South Asia
South Asia, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan
Barnett Rubin