What to Expect from Nawaz Sharif

May 20, 2013 Topic: ElectionsPolitics Region: Pakistan

What to Expect from Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan's new prime minister won't fix the economy and is constrained on foreign policy.

Given his track record, Nawaz will need to exercise considerably greater care in dealing with the army on this most sensitive of issues than he has demonstrated in the past. Unfortunately, there is no evidence yet that he is capable of doing so.

John R. Schmidt teaches at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. He served in senior positions in the State Department during a 30-year foreign-service career, including as political counselor in the U.S. embassy in Islamabad in the three years leading up to 9/11. He is the author of The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad.

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