Where: St. John’s Methodist Church
(Enter by main entrance on Old Pecos Trail)
Lecture 2: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Terrorism
Lecturer: Nicholas Schmidle
The Obama administration appears convinced that the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan is more threatening than events in Iraq. The President’s resolve to destroy Al-Qaeda and the Taliban and Al-Qaeda power centers in Pakistan’s northwestern region enormously complicates American relations with both Pakistan and adjacent Afghanistan. Radical Islamists appear to be exercising increasing influence in both nations. The purpose of this lecture is to sort out conflicting ambitions and initiatives among all parties in this troubled region.
Nicholas Schmidle is a fellow at the New America Foundation. He writes for the New York Times Magazine, Slate, The New Republic, Smithsonian, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, among other publications, and received the 2008 Kurt Schork Award for freelance journalism. As a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs, he lived and reported in Pakistan for two years. His most recent book, based on that experience, is To Live or Perish Forever (Henry Holt, 2009).