Tensions High as President Obama Prepares to Meet with Pakistani Prime Minister

Monday, March 26, 2012

US President Barack Obama, speaks about the Defense Strategic Review, outlining Defense budget priorities and cuts, during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington President Barack Obama speaks about the Defense Strategic Review during a press briefing at the Pentagon. (Saul Loeb/Getty)

The U.S. military has decided not to charge NATO soldiers involved in airstrikes that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last November. The preliminary investigation into this incident found fault with both Pakistani and American troops. The second investigation, completed over the weekend, found that the Americans fired in self-defense and should therefore not be charged. 

Pakistan was once the U.S.’s principal ally in the Afghanistan war. But tensions between the two countries have grown since the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad last May. Pakistan’s Parliament is currently debating the future of its relationship with the United States and President Obama is set to meet with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Seoul tomorrow. How will the U.S. move forward on Pakistan and how will strained relations between the two countries affect our current efforts in Afghanistan? 

Joining us is Christine Fair, professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University.


Christine Fair

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

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