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The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Journalist Ahmed Rashid examines the complicated relationship between the United States, Pakistan, and Afghanistan as America prepares for its withdraw from Afghanistan. In Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, he investigates the future of international terrorism, the Taliban, and strategies to bring stability to a fractured region saddled with a legacy of violence and corruption.

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Comments [5]

M.A. KHAN from pakistan

america is not a global contractor to rebuil nations, i must suggest america to recondition their own people which they can't. being muslims we believe in only one supreme power (ALLAH) and the only followings of MUHAMMAD (S.A.W). With updated techonolgy and sources america is still failed to capture afghanistan as a whole. if pakistan and afghanistan is failed muslim states still they beat america day by day.

Jun. 29 2012 01:42 AM
Eric

I have heard numerous NPR interviews with Mr. Rashid over the past decade but I still don't understand what he thinks the U.S. should do about Afghanistan or Pakistan. When U.S. excerises its soft power he finds the results unsatisfactory, yet he seems to revile the use of American hard power because of the collateral damage it causes. He seems to think the current Afghan regime is hopelessly corrupt, but who would he nominate to replace them? What is to be done? I am still waiting for Mr. Rashid to tell us.

Mar. 20 2012 02:29 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I'm surprised to hear that the Taliban have started to allow girls to be educated in Afghanistan & have eased some of their other radical positions. I had heard that there were improved conditions for women in the larger cities but that in many rural areas not much had changed. I don't remember how long ago I heard that, though, so maybe my info is out of date (I hope!).

Mar. 20 2012 12:40 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Just another failed Muslim state. How many failed Muslim states can the US rebuild? And will they like us any better if we could?

Mar. 20 2012 12:30 PM
Nancy from Manhattan

During the Cold War, the U.S. maintained military bases in Pakistan, including an Air Force base in Peshawar that was home to American soldiers and their families. But after the Cold War, the U.S. seemed to forget Pakistan, at least until September 11. Doesn't our limited attention span play a role in Pakistan's ambivalence about working with the U.S.?

Mar. 20 2012 12:30 PM

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