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Week of 12.5.08

Our Pakistan Problem

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How should President-elect Barack Obama handle our tricky relations with Pakistan? This week, David Brancaccio sits down with author and journalist Tariq Ali, who grew up in Pakistan, to discuss what he thinks team Obama should do to improve its standing in Pakistan in particular and the region as a whole.

"I think it should back off militarily. That's the key," Ali tells NOW. Ali says the U.S.'s roughly 20 reported attacks against Al Qaeda inside Pakistan's borders since late August are doing more harm than good because they "mainly have hit civilian targets."

The question of how to handle nuclear-armed Pakistan has become especially difficult amidst Indian claims of Pakistani links to the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which left at least 170 people dead.

What's the best strategy for the U.S. in Pakistan and how will it impact the war in Afghanistan, where Obama has said he plans to send more troops? Watch for an insider's view of how the president-elect should proceed.

This show aired alongside "The Right Approach to Iran?"

More from Tariq Ali

Book Excerpt: "The Duel" by Tariq Ali

Pakistan in the News:

Foreign Affairs: Ending Chaos in Afghanistan and Pakistan

New York Times: India's Suspicion of Pakistan Clouds U.S. Strategy

Reuters: Pakistani Taliban shrug off U.S. missile strikes

Wall Street Journal: Pakistan Is Big Test for Obama

Time: The Key to Afghanistan: India-Pakistan Peace

Our Pakistan Problem

The Right Approach to Iran?

Book Excerpt: "The Duel"

Book Excerpt: "The Ayatollah Begs to Differ"

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