This week, Pakistan's military went on the offensive against the Taliban and recaptured a key town in the strategic Buner district, just 60 miles from Islamabad. Walter Russell Mead of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses the situation in Pakistan and what the administration's next steps should be.
Archive for April, 2009
Wednesday marks Barack Obama's 100th day in office. Worldfocus contributing blogger Juan Cole takes a look at how the president has fared in the Middle East, where Obama has attempted to change the tone of U.S. foreign policy -- but not necessarily the substance.
Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explored the state of the Iraqi economy, from small shoe shops to large oil corporations. Ali Alnaemi, Eric Davis and Robert Looney joined the conversation.
The American University of Beirut is an oasis in the Middle East, a place where diversity of opinion and freedom of thought is not only tolerated, but encouraged.
On Monday, in reponse to a growing swine flu epidemic, the World Health Organization raised the pandemic alert level from three to four. Beyond Mexico, the United States and five other countries were dealing with confirmed cases of the flu. Martin Blaser of the New York University School of Medicine discusses the scope of the outbreak and how world governments are responding.
After Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa decided not to renew an agreement allowing the U.S. to use an air base in Ecuador, speculation has swirled as to where in the region the U.S. will move. Reportedly, the military is considering moving its operations to Colombia -- but as a Worldfocus contributing blogger writes, Colombia may not welcome the U.S. with open arms.
Worldfocus correspondent Kristen Gillespie interviews a former United Nations advisor in Lebanon and discusses the development of Hezbollah and its place in Shiite Lebanese society.