Can Pakistan Be Saved
A Luncheon Presentation by JANE PERLEZ, Chief Pakistan Correspondent, The New York Times and International Herald Tribune
The stability of Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 170 million people, is of vital interest to the world. Al Qaeda uses Pakistan's tribal areas as its primary base; a Taliban insurgency rages on; the economy is collapsing. The U.S. supports the Pakistani army and backs the current civilian government weakly led by President Asif Ali Zardari. The army, though, sees India as a more important enemy than the Taliban and al Qaeda. Can the Obama administration prevail on the army to persist in the fight against the militants? Can hefty increases in American aid to the civilian government make Pakistan more stable? If not, what are the consequences?
Jane Perlez has been chief correspondent for The New York Times and International Herald Tribune in Pakistan since late 2007. In 2009, she was the lead reporter in Pakistan on the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for masterful, groundbreaking coverage of America's deepening military and political challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Previously, Ms. Perlez was based in London, covering issues related to Britain's large Muslim population. She has also served as The Times's bureau chief in Jakarta, Vienna, Warsaw and Nairobi and chief diplomatic correspondent in Washington.
Co-hosted with the International Herald Tribune