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As the United States plans for its withdrawal from Afghanistan and reviews its policies toward Pakistan, President Obama must weigh the potential threats and challenges for U.S. interests in the region. Among the destabilizing factors in both countries is the ongoing presence and influence of the Taliban. Ahmed Rashid, prominent Pakistani journalist and author of the new book, Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan (Viking Adult, 2012), examines these crucial issues as the president and other Western leaders grapple with how best to work with an often unreliable and unstable Pakistan.
Witnesses: The Honorable Robert O. Blake Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs U.S. Department of State The Honorable Nisha Desai Biswal Assistant Administrator for Asia U.S. Agency for International Development Mr. Daniel Feldman Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan U.S. Department of State Alexander Thier, Ph.D. Assistant to the Administrator and Director Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs U.S. Agency for International Development