Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pakistan’s Dangerous Turn

Peter Bergen of the New America Foundation discusses Pakistan & the US’ failed policies when dealing with insurgents in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He argues that the Pakistani military does not as yet have a coherent counter insurgency strategy, one that combines military action and negotiation with supervised economic aid for poorer, more extreme regions of Pakistan. He also urged that the United States needs to make a long-term commitment to Afghanistan of more soldiers, and should be frank about this commitment with Afghanis and Pakistanis. This, he said, would ensure that people do not feel that the United States will abandon the region, as it did following the Soviet-Afghan war in 1989. The complete hour long presentation can be found here.