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Pakistan—The Last Destination of the Stars

Pakistan—The Last Destination of the Stars

March 29, 2013

The author, fresh from a family visit, reflects on how Pakistan arrived at this moment, and what the United States can do to support women and democracy there. More »

Tunisia’s Women—Defying the Odds

Tunisia’s Women—Defying the Odds

April 10, 2012

The author, secretary-general of Parliamentarians for Global Action, writes that Tunisia is finding its own way while Islamist movements gain power in the region. More »

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Morituri te Salutant: On a “Surge” in Afghanistan

December 8, 2009

The author, an expert on parliamentary diplomacy, says we must focus today on a strengthened political process to successfully end international military engagement in Afghanistan—and that process must respect the rights of women. More »

Addressing the Muslim World, President Obama Reached Well Beyond the Arab Dignitaries

June 8, 2009

The author wonders if his pre-speech visit to a kingdom where women are oppressed weakens his appeal on behalf of women’s rights. More »

Democracy and Pandora’s Box: Family Laws in Afghanistan

April 20, 2009

For women in Afghanistan, the promise of democracy seems not to include equality, nor protection from the potential of domestic violence. Here, the secretary general of Parliamentarians for Global Action explains the politics behind the proposed oppressive law regulating Shia marriages. More »

}New U.S. Policy in AfPak: Looking for Mr. Moderate Taliban  by Shazia Z. Rafi

New U.S. Policy in AfPak: Looking for Mr. Moderate Taliban by Shazia Z. Rafi

March 16, 2009

To those who advocate making peace with certain elements of the Taliban, the author, who has worked to secure human rights with Pakistani legislators across the ideological spectrum, argues against any prospective deal that sacrifices women’s empowerment. More »

}Turning the Tide against the Taliban: What Works

Turning the Tide against the Taliban: What Works

February 3, 2009

The Obama Administration must empower the Pakistani people, who have already shown that they’re ready and able to stand up against the forces oppressing women and girls in the valley of Swat and elsewhere. Here, the secretary-general of Parliamentarians for Global Action, tells us how. More »