Confusion around the U.S. drone policy in Pakistan runs deep. That was evident during a Pakistani television station's interview with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry where he spoke confidently about a soon-to-come downscaling of the program that was quickly walked back by his spokeswoman.
The Haggani network's latest attacks include a strike on the U.S. embassy in Kabul. We're joined by Christine Fair, assistant professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies (Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service) at Georgetown University.
Though analysts suspect that that a truck bomb attack in Pakistan was a warning to the new leadership of Pakistan to end its collaboration with the United States, South Asian and military affairs analyst Christine Fair sees things differently.
Former Army Supply Sergeant Kristen L. Rouse joins us now, as does Christine Fair, a senior political scientist at The Rand Corporation and an expert in Pakistan security issues, to discuss the latest developments in the Swat Valley.
The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan have plans to visit Washington this week. Christine Fair, a senior political scientist for the Rand Corporation, stops by The Takeaway to discuss Pakistan, the Taliban, and the need for U.S. aid.
With Pakistan's public education in shambles, many families struggle to find decent schools for their children. One option is the local madrassa, or religious school. Christine Fair of the RAND corporation joins The Takeaway to discuss.
Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was reportedly killed by a U.S. missile strike, but some Taliban members are insisting that he is still alive. Nicholas Schmidle of New America Foundation and Christine Fair of the RAND Corporation join The Takeaway.
Preliminary results are coming in from Afghanistan's hotly-contested presidential election. For a look at the early results, The Takeaway talks to Christine Fair of Georgetown's Center for Peace and Security Studies and the BBC's Martin Patience.
Eric Schmitt, terrorism correspondent for the Times, gives us the details about reporter Stephen Farrell's capture and release. We also speak to Christine Fair, Georgetown University professor about the presidential election in Afghanistan.
After weeks of international pressure, Afghanistan announced that it will now hold a run-off presidential election. We look at the challenges the country will face and what it will mean for incumbent President Hamid Karzai and his rival Abdullah Abdullah.