Neha Ansari

Neha Ansari is a journalist from Karachi, Pakistan. She is a second-year MALD student at The Fletcher School. Previously, she worked as a senior sub-editor at The Express Tribune, an English Pakistani daily newspaper and a partnered publication of the New York Times.

Fletcher Forum articles by Neha Ansari:


Wannabe Tahrir Square: Pakistanis Reject Orchestrated “Revolution” Led by Firebrand Cleric

March 4, 2013 by Neha Ansari
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Tahir ul Qadri sought to compel the Pakistani elected government to let go of their power, dissolve the legislative assemblies, and make way for elections through his ‘revolution.’ But the people of Pakistan saw his movement as a derailment of democracy, ultimately rejecting the firebrand mullah and his orchestrated Pakistani Spring.

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Drones: A Losing Strategy

November 16, 2012 by Neha Ansari
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Drones are not a mere counterterrorism tactic, but a strategic choice by the U.S. to fight a distanced, low-cost war. This shift from a tactic to a strategy is an inefficacious and counterproductive policy for the U.S., and is setting a dangerous precedent for the world.

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Sedition Laws: India, at a Juncture, Trying to Save (Democratic) Face

October 1, 2012 by Neha Ansari
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The people of India are getting impatient with the government silencing dissent using the country’s colonial-era sedition law. The public outrage that ensued high-profile sedition cases forced the Indian Cabinet to begin the formal reformation of the law, but this is not enough. Rescindment is in order.

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Judicial Activism and Executive Transgression Plague Pakistan

July 24, 2012 by Neha Ansari
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Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified the prime minister from office on contempt-of-court charges, which marked an unprecedented act of confrontation between the pro-military judiciary and the elected executive. The two pillars of state are seen taking unconstitutional steps and exceeding their jurisdictions in a power struggle in which the Pakistani public is paying the price.

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Balochistan: Pakistan’s Brewing Crisis

April 19, 2012 by Neha Ansari

Political turmoil and militant separatism are on the rise in Pakistan’s resource-rich province of Balochistan, but the Pakistani government is on a knee-jerk defensive. There are many potential solutions, but the crisis is now growing beyond militant groups and entangling the average Baloch.

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