On May 11, Pakistanis turned out to the polls in record numbers to vote in a momentous election: the country’s first transition from one democratically elected government to another. The party of former two-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif quickly surged ahead on Election Day, easily winning a simple majority in parliament. But Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz face a range of thorny problems, from a vicious insurgency to a crippling energy shortage.
It remains to be seen what the next government's agenda will be, and how easy or difficult those goals will be to achieve given the strength of the government and the makeup of the opposition. Pakistanis and the international community alike will watch closely to see how Sharif's victory impacts security issues, including relations with the historically powerful military, and how a Sharif-led government will approach regional challenges, especially with regard to India and Afghanistan in light of the ongoing NATO drawdown.
The New America Foundation’s National Security Studies Program is pleased to invite a panel of experts to discuss these issues and others facing the incoming Pakistani government.
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Senior South Asia Fellow, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation