Ahmed Rashid, the leading Pakistani journalist and author, whose latest book, "Pakistan on the Brink", has just been published, spoke recently to Oxford Research Group (ORG) about Pakistan's perilous security situation in a fascinating recorded audio conversation.
In our interview, we asked Ahmed Rashid:
- How does he see Pakistan's long term problems, if they are not tackled immediately: Will this plant Pakistan in the failed state category?
In his book, Ahmed Rashid talks about the need for change and reform being on the agenda, or Pakistan will face a loss of political control, growing anarchy and violence in the provinces. We asked: Why is he being so pessimistic, or even apocalyptic? And, where could any possible reforms come from?
About Pakistan's relationship with the West: Can the U.S. be blamed for all that went wrong? Does he see any common grown possible emerging, which can somehow at least hold the decline, if not reverse it? How could such common ground be found?
About the new role of China: Are China now the new 'reliable partner', implicitly saying that the U.S. are no longer so?
Listen to the Interview
For more on the subject, read our 'ORG Liddite Conversation' piece 'Pakistan on a Precipice?'
About Ahmed Rashid
At the invitation of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, he became the first journalist to address the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2002 and the first journalist to address ambassadors in Brussels in September 2003.