Anatol Lieven, professor in the War Studies department at King’s College, London, and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation talks about Pakistan’s increasing importance to south Asia and to the United States. He’ll discuss the rise of Islamic extremism and the Taliban in the area, and U.S. relations with Pakistan in the war on terror, the search and discovery of Osama bin Laden, and the war in Afghanistan. His latest book is Pakistan: A Hard Country.
The attempted bombing of Times Square by a naturalized U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin got the attention of the world, but has uncomfortable echoes for Britain in particular. The London underground bombings in July 2005 were committed by UK citizens of Pakistani descent and the UK has been dealing with many attempted acts of “home-grown terrorism” since then.