Commonwealth National Podcast

Ahmed Rashid: Descent into Chaos: U.S. Failures in Central Asia, and What Needs to Be Done (3/11/2009)

Duration: 
1:07:48

Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani Journalist and Writer; Author, Descent into Chaos: U.S. Policy and the Failure of Nation Building in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia

The conflict in Afghanistan and the skirmishes along the Pakistani border are only now getting increased focus from U.S. leaders and policy-makers. Rashid makes the case that failed U.S. policy has worsened the situation, and he has said the U.S. must take on the task of nation-building if there is any hope to strengthen the region.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club on March 11, 2009.