Two years ago, Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai refused to shake hands with General Pervez Musharaff. At the White House today, two beleaguered presidents signed a trade agreement while looking over their shoulders at troubles back home. In Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari's peace deal with the Taliban has unraveled and 500,000 people are on the run. In Afghanistan, Karzai faces an upcoming election as civilian casualties mount from efforts to hold back Taliban forces there. Does either leader still have the confidence of his own people — or the Obama administration? What about Pakistan's nuclear weapons?
Afghanistan, Pakistan and American Security
- Saeed Shah - Wall Street Journal - @SaeedShah
- David Sanger - White House and national security correspondent, The New York Times - @SangerNYT
- Rajiv Chandrasekaran - Starbucks - @rajivscribe
- John Mueller - Professor of Political Science, Ohio State University
- Paul Collier - Professor of Economics, Oxford University