Lahore, City of Lights

On April 16, The Pakistan Forum and The Big Picture partnered with Muse District and the Johns Hopkins SAIS South Asia Studies Program to host Kaleidescope Pakistan, an exhibit about the old city of Lahore. The exhibit featured the work of photographer Naureen Bohkhari, a professional portrait photographer based out of Virginia who seeks to dismantle stereotypes of Pakistan by celebrating…

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What Drives Extremism in Pakistan?

Admitting There is a Problem One of the goals of The Pakistan Forum is to go beyond the news headlines about Pakistan, digging deeper on the issues that the country faces. We can’t talk about Pakistan today without acknowledging the challenge of extremism. Extremism dictates the day to day of ordinary Pakistanis, who live in constant fear…

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The Punjabis of the Great War

During World War I, Punjabi men from colonial India were shipped off to Europe to fight on behalf of the British Empire. You can read their letters to loved ones in the subcontinent in David Omissi’s book Indian Voices of the Great War: Soldiers’ Letters, 1914 – 1918. Nausheen Illahi, the Executive Director of Muse District, an…

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Can Imran Khan Deliver?

There is a new government in Pakistan, led by Imran Khan and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), a political party that eschews the dynastic politics known to define the country’s other major political parties. Khan and PTI will have to manage high expectations, a formidable opposition, and an active security establishment. Professor Asma Faiz of the…

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A New Pakistan?

Pakistanis went to the polls this week to vote for a new national government. Imran Khan, will be the next prime minister of Pakistan. Here's what Johns Hopkins SAIS experts at The Pakistan Forum are saying about it...

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Two American Views of Pakistan

On October 30, 2017, The Pakistan Forum hosted former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Doug Lute and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad for a conversation on U.S. policy towards Pakistan. Lute, a retired 3-star army general who served in high-level national security positions in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, is known…

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