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.
After the Taliban briefly gained control of Pakistan's Buner district last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded bluntly, saying "I think that the Pakistani government is basically abdicating to the Taliban and to the extremists." Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner weighs the pros and cons of this loud and public warning to a U.S. ally.
On Thursday, the government of Pakistan sent paramilitary troops to a northwest district that was recently taken over by the Taliban. Michael Krepon of the Henry L. Stimson Center discusses the Taliban's growing influence and increasing concerns about the Pakistani government's ability to control the militants.
A Pakistani-American writes that a lack of economic opportunities has led many Pakistani youths, including herself, to leave the country. Those too poor or who lack the connections to flee often turn to violence.
As the Sri Lankan military wages a bloody battle against the rebel Tamil Tigers, civilians are getting caught in the crossfire. Worldfocus.org's weekly radio explores the background to the conflict and what the future holds for Sri Lanka. Rohan Gunaratna, Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead and Ahilan Kadirgamar join the conversation. Listen now.
For more than two decades, the government of Sri Lanka has been fighting a civil war with a rebel group known as the Tamil Tigers. Now, the war may be reaching a climax as the government launches a final assault in the last rebel-held area, after the Tamil Tigers ignored an ultimatum to surrender.
As the Sri Lankan military wages a bloody battle against the rebel Tamil Tigers, civilians are getting caught in the crossfire. Worldfocus.org's weekly radio explores the background to the conflict and what the future holds for Sri Lanka. Listen now.
As the Sri Lankan military encroaches on the rebel Tamil Tigers, protests are rising up around the world — from London to Oslo to Ottawa — as Tamils living abroad demonstrate against the Sri Lankan offensive. Nirmala Rajasingam, a Sri Lankan Tamil activist who lives in exile in London, argues that Tamil protesters abroad need to face difficult truths about the Tamil Tigers and their tactics.
At an international donors conference in Tokyo, the United States and Japan each pledged $1 billion in aid to Pakistan over the next two years. Ahmed Rashid, a leading Pakistani journalist, discusses the deteriorating economic and political situations in Pakistan.
On Thursday, India -- the world's largest democracy -- wrapped up the first stage of its month-long general elections. The elections will choose a new parliament to be seated later this spring. Read what some of India's more than 700 million eligible voters had to say.