FROM Greg Mortenson
Religious Violence and Political Turmoil in Pakistan President Obama's plan to cut troops in Iraq and beef up forces in Afghanistan can't succeed without neighboring Pakistan. But the world's second largest Muslim nation, a nuclear power, is increasingly unstable, with potentially dangerous consequences for American interests. Now Pakistan's weak central government has set off a political firestorm by making a deal with the Taliban, whose influence is spreading. We hear the pros and cons and talk with an American philanthropist who's built 78 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and now advises the US Army. Special thanks to Lyle Laver for production assistance.
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."