Last week Pakistan’s army chief took control of the government, unseating the unpopular prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. In economically troubled Pakistan, the coup was greeted with relief, but the rest of the world is wondering what will happen next. A panel talks about the latest in a series of military takeovers that have marked Pakistan’s history.


  • Shahid Husain Former senior executive vice president at the World Bank; served as special assistant to former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (1976)
  • Teresita Schaffer Director for South Asia, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Kluge Center, Library of Congress; served in both India and Pakistan during a 30-year career as a U.S. diplomat; former ambassador to Sri Lanka; author of the forthcoming "Reinventing Partnership" on US-India relations. Pakistan.
  • Steven Cohen Senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Institution


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