LIVE STREAM at 10:00 am: The Battle for Pakistan


Few places in the world have assumed as much importance for the United States and its allies since 2001 as Pakistan’s northwestern tribal regions, which have served as a base for the mix of militants seeking to attack the governments, militaries, and civilians of the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and others. In just over half of the serious plots against the West since 2004, alleged militants received training at camps in Pakistan.
Yet eight years the fall of the Taliban and their flight to Pakistan’s border areas, we still know little about the regions in which they live, and from which they plan and execute attacks against American forces across the border in Afghanistan.
Today from 10:00 am to 12:15 pm, the New America Foundation/Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, along with Foreign Policy magazine, is launching a set of papers that provide a unique window into Pakistan and how militants operate there.
Here is the schedule for today’s event:
Peter Bergen
Co-Director, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative
New America Foundation
Author, The Osama Bin Laden I Know
Panel 1: Politics and Military Operations in Pakistan’s Northwest
Hassan Abbas
Quaid-i-Azam Chair Professor, Columbia University, South Asia Institute
Bernard Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society
Author, “Inside Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province: The Political Landscape of the Insurgency”
Sameer Lalwani
Research Fellow, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative
New America Foundation
PhD Student, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Author, “Pakistan’s COIN Flip: The Recent History of Pakistani Military Counterinsurgency Operations in the NWFP and FATA”
Susan Glasser
Executive Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine
Panel 2: The Battle for Pakistan: Militancy and Conflict in the Tribal Regions
Imtiaz Ali
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow
United States Institute of Peace
Brian Fishman
Counterterrorism Research Fellow, New America Foundation
Author, “Militancy and Conflict in the Tribal Regions”
Co-author, “Militancy and Conflict in North Waziristan”
Catherine Collins
Co-Author, The Man From Pakistan (2008)
Co-Author, “Financing the Taliban: Tracing the dollars behind the insurgencies in Afghanistan and Pakistan”
Peter Bergen
Co-Director, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative
New America Foundation
Author, The Osama Bin Laden I Know
— Katherine Tiedemann


One comment on “LIVE STREAM at 10:00 am: The Battle for Pakistan

  1. chumanist says:

    The debate regarding Pakistan tribal areas in the North -western zone and the policies dilemmas/enigmas that both the United States and the government of Pakistan faces has to be rationally and pragmatically tabled by keeping in view the followings points:
    That since the very creation of the state of Pakistan, the northwestern region has had been maintaining the status qu0 with regards to its traditions,customs, mores.
    That the security of the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan was deemed a matter of local responsibility. Therefore, the founder of the nation, Quid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah did respect the sentiments of the the local people and did not attempt to alter the course of this criterion.
    That the tribal society in the northwestern region has an organic relation of thinking patterns that are almost similar to the Afghan society.
    That the tribal society remained under the chaos of backwardness displayed by its people.
    That the governments in past, did not give so much importance in terms of the socio economic development of this region because of limited resources.
    That the war on terror induced challenges for the government in Islamabad.
    That the former President Perviaz Musharraf adopted a policy that has had no grave and serene policy deliberations.
    That as for the America,to demand a military action in the tribal areas of Pakistan, seems to have been an issue that was to be previewed and thoughtfully debated in the Parliament of Pakistan.
    That with the inception of an army action in that illiteracy, poverty stricken area of Pakistan provoked the sentiments of the local people and there started a thinking erosion in the local people, more sentimentally exploited by the local Afghans.
    That the syndrome of Talbanization began to spread over the whole tribal region. So what ever remain the classification of the Taliban, the fact remains that like the layers of an onion the extremist Taliban are killed and replaced by a new group.
    The use of drone attacks in the tribal region has also generated a feeling of hatred and animosity against the foreign actors.
    Therefore the task of tackling this syndrome or menace of Tantalization can never be achieved by waging a war against it.


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