Dr. Paula Newberg, of the University of Texas-Austin, on "Pakistan's Elections: What Happens Now?"
On this edition of ST, a discussion of Pakistan, that vitally important yet on-again-off-again U.S. ally --- or is "ally" even the proper term here? --- which saw an electoral "first" recently. That is, after its historic elections over the weekend, Pakistan's first elected government served its full term and then ceded power to a new government, to be headed by prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif and president-elect Asif Ali Zardari. Our guest is the noted South Asian expert, Dr. Paula Newberg, who spent many years at Georgetown University before joining the faculty of the University of Texas-Austin in January of this year. A scholar and practitioner with ample and diverse experience in multilateral and non-governmental organizations, Dr. Newberg recently gave an address to the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations entitled "Pakistan’s Elections: What Happens Now?" She explores this question with us today on StudioTulsa. (Dr. Newberg's bio at the UT-Austin website reads, in part: "[Her] work focuses on the intersections between human rights, democratic governance, and foreign policy in transition states, with particular focus on south and central Asia. She has written extensively on constitutional development and jurisprudence in Pakistan, the politics of assistance in and to conflict and post-conflict states, and rights in conditions of insurgency. Her current interests include governance in the evolving Gulf / Arabian Sea / Indian Ocean region; treason and sedition in modern south Asia; and new rights regimes in south Asia.")