Pakistan is at a crossroads. While the threat from al-Qaeda has been diminished, militancy is still a critical, evolving, and growing threat. Pakistan lags behind most of its neighbors in many economic and human development indicators, while its democratic institutions are undercut by recurring civil-military crises and its political class is mired in a paralyzing fight that has crippled its legitimacy and its ability to govern. All of these issues require urgent attention and action by progressive forces within Pakistan, working with a vision shaped and supported in concert with the international community. This Working Group, chaired by Thomas R. Pickering, and comprised of a broad and diverse assemblage of Pakistani and international figures deeply concerned about the country’s future, believes it is time for Pakistan to wake up to its responsibilities to address these problems, and for its international partners to assist where they can.

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Members of The Century Foundation International Working Group on Pakistan

Thomas R. Pickering, Working Group Chair, Vice Chairman, Hills and Company; former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; Robert P. Finn, Principal Investigator, Non-Resident Fellow, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Princeton University; former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan; Michael Wahid Hanna, Principal Investigator, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation; Mosharraf Zaidi, Principal Investigator, Campaign Director, Alif Ailaan

United States

Steve Coll, Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; Cameron Munter, Professor of Practice in International Relations, Pomona College; former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan; Barnett Rubin, Senior Fellow and Associate Director, Afghanistan Pakistan Regional Program, New York University Center on International Cooperation; former Senior Adviser to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan in the U.S. Department of State; James Shinn, Chairman, Teneo Intelligence; CEO, Predata; Lecturer, Princeton University; former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs; Anthony Zinni, Former Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command


Richard Barrett, Senior Vice President, The Soufan Group; former head, United Nations al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Monitoring Team; Hikmet Çetin, Former Turkish Foreign Minister; Antje Grawe, Former Counselor, German Embassy, Pakistan; Jean-Marie Guéhenno, President, International Crisis Group; Nobuaki Tanaka, Former Japanese Ambassador to Turkey and Pakistan; Ann Wilkens, Former Chair, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan; former Swedish Ambassador to Pakistan and Afghanistan


Tariq Banuri, Professor in the Departments of Economics and City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah; Imtiaz Gul, Executive Director, Center for Research and Security Studies; Ishrat Husain, Dean and Director of the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi; Asma Jahangir, Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan; Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan; Riaz Khohkar, Former Pakistani Foreign Secretary; Tariq Khosa, Former Director General, Federal Investigation Agency; Jugnu Mohsin, Publisher and Editor, The Friday Times; Ahmed Rashid, Journalist and author; Sherry Rehman, President and Founding Chair, Jinnah Institute; former PakistaniAmbassador to the United States; Najam Aziz Sethi, Editor-in-chief, The Friday Times; Moeed W. Yusuf, Director of South Asia Programs, United States Institute of Peace