Pamela Constable: Afghanistan and Pakistan

Pamela Constable

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Pamela Constable of the Washington Post for a discussion of changes in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 911. She analyzes the 2008 Pakistan election and its implications for U.S. Pakistan relations and describes the renewal of the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

Key Words: Journalists, Pakistan, Afghanistan

James Dobbins: Nation Building

James Dobbins

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Ambassador James Dobbins for a discussion of the problem of failed states. He compares the record of the United States and the United Nations in addressing the problem, analyzes the aftermath of the Iraq War, and suggests policy choices the future.

Key Words: Diplomacy, Nation Building, Afghanistan, Democratization

Dan Caldwell: U.S. Policy Toward Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq

Dan Caldwell

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Pepperdine's Dan Caldwell for a discussion of his new book, "Vortex of Conflict."Professor Caldwell analyzes U. S. policy toward Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. Comparing the two wars undertaken after the 911 attacks, Professor Caldwell analyzes the assumptions of the Bush doctrine, the evolution of military strategy, and the role of intelligence in failing to explain the nature of the conflicts. Caldwell also reflects on the consequences of the wars for U.S. preparedness and for U.S. values.

Key Words: Political Scientists,...

Ahmed Rashid: Pakistan on the Brink

Ahmed Rashid

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Ahmed Rashid, author of "Pakistan on the Brink." Rashid analyzes the dangerous instability in Pakistan. He discusses the failure of civilian and military leadership; the legacy of Cold War thinking in Pakistan's strategic goals especially the focus on the threat from India; and the use of terrorism as an instrument of foreign policy resulting in the rise of domestic terrorism. He then traces the goals of the Obama administration in dealing with the Afghanistan/Pakistan conundrum and its failure of implementation. Factors contributing to this...

Ahmed Rashid: Descent into Chaos

Ahmed Rashid

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Pakistani Journalist Ahmed Rashid for a discussion of United States foreign policy and the failure of nation building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.

KEYWORDS: Pakistan, Failing States.