Religious Violence and Political Turmoil in Pakistan

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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.
Credits

Guests:
Greg Mortenson - advisor to the US military in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ahmed Rashid - Pakistani journalist, Harlan Ullman - Atlantic Council

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Sonya Geis