Afghanistan-Pakistan

Listen to Matthew Bell’s American Influence podcast this week for some telling excerpts from last week’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee roundtable on Afghanistan: James Dobbins, David Kilcullen, Sarah Chayes, Ashraf Ghani all weigh in.  On The World today Jason Margolis looks at the Pakistan challenge; we hear from Daniel Markey, Anthony Cordesman and Alex Thier.  President Obama’s special representative Richard Holbrooke arrived in Pakistan today. For a view from Pakistan on “Talibanisation,” read my pal Beena Sarwar‘s recent piece in Dawn.  On Sunday BBC Newshour talked to Marvin Weinbaum and there’s more from Sarah Chayes who raises urgent alarm bells about the deteriorating situation in the south of Afghanistan. And also Sunday, a NYT piece by Dexter Filkins on disillusionment with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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