Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari have plans to visit Washington this week to engage in some tri-party talks about the region. And with the Taliban possibly threatening Pakistan's nuclear arms arsenal, stability the region is of the utmost importance. As part of the strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan that President Obama unveiled last month, he requested that Congress approve billions in additional military and civilian assistance for the volatile nations. In these challenging economic times, is financial aid the only way to stabilize the countries? Before she testifies before the House Foreign Affairs committee, 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.
"If Nawaz Sharif were to come out even more strongly than he has against the Taliban, that would actually be very helpful in trying to get Pakistanis to understand the threat that, quite frankly, really does potentially undermine the security of their state."
—Christine Fair, senior political scientist for the Rand Corporation, on violence in Pakistan