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Ahmed Rashid at Asia Society

Asia Society in New York recently hosted Ahmed Rashid the author of the latest book Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Rashid talked about complex geopolitics of the region in the aftermath of 9/11, focusing on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States, sharply criticizing the Bush administration’s policies, arguing that after 9/11 the US squandered a tremendous opportunity to engage with the region in a constructive way.

A few interesting excerpts as published by the Asia Society

  • Rashid explains why the United States military is smarter than the State Department (2 min., 6 sec.)
  • Rashid contends that US support for President Musharraf is short-sighted, as only civilian rule can ultimately serve both Pakistan’s and regional security interests (3 min., 6 sec.)
  • Rashid describes how the Taliban has become an increasingly sophisticated fighting force (2 min., 28 sec.)

Or if you would like to listen to the entire program (1 hr, 20 min)


  • Tahseen Alam Khan |

    Is there any thing in the hands of Pakistan Since 1947???? So pray the battered Motherland Allah may Save Pakistan Amin.