Pakistan: America’s Unstable Ally

Pakistan: America’s Unstable Ally

America Abroad examines the unstable relationship between Pakistan and the United States, how the country has evolved since the partition of 1947, and how the US-Pakistan relationship may change in the wake of 9/11.

Guests on this program include:

  • Robert Oakley, former Ambassadors to Pakistan
  • Thomas Simons Jr., former Ambassadors to Pakistan
  • Karl F. Inderfurth, former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia
  • Feroz Hassan Khan, Pakistani Brigadier General
  • Dr. Samina Ahmed of the International Crisis Group
  • Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, director of the South Asia program at the Center for Strategic International Studies
Segment 1

Garrick Utley looks back at the traumatic birth of Pakistan and its difficult relationship with the United States from the partition of India in 1947 to Pakistan's nuclear tests in 1998.

Segment 2

Steve Roberts moderates a videoconference with students at Khaldunia high school in Islamabad about their perceptions of America.

Segment 3

Marvin Kalb looks back at America's policy towards Pakistan in the crucial years before September 11.

Segment 4

Margaret Warner moderates a discussion about Pakistan since 9/11 and the challenges facing President Pervez Musharraf.