Pakistan, Clinton, Drones, and US Foreign Policy

Yesterday, after my analysis of developments in Pakistan was published by IPS, I was interviewed by Dori Smith of the excellent Talk Nation Radio, which is broadcast on several Pacifica channels. Among other things we also spoke about US foreign policy in the region, the Iraq war, neoconservative networks, Afghanistan, and media in Pakistan.

Idrees Ahmad returned to his native Pakistan where he reported for Inter Press Service in an October 30, 2009 story ‘The US in Pakistan’s Mind: Nothing but Aversion’.Pakistanis have viewed US policy with grave skepticism as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seeks to win ‘hearts and minds’ while promoting the unpopular US war on terror.

Idrees Ahmad joined us after returning to Glasgow, Scotland, where he is a student about to publish his PHD thesis as a book. You can find his story about Pakistan online at Inter Press Service News and look for his more detailed piece in the November issue of Le Monde Diplomatique.

Author: Idrees Ahmad

I am a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling and a former research fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. I am the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). I write for The Observer, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, Dissent, The National, VICE News, Huffington Post, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books (Blog), The New Arab, Bella Caledonia, Asia Times, IPS News, Medium, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and several Pacifica Radio channels.

6 thoughts on “Pakistan, Clinton, Drones, and US Foreign Policy”

  1. Well. That was darn informative. For as often as you piss me off, I was prepared for you to say something that would set me off like a Roman candle, but, hey, that was a very good and very informative interview. Thanks.

  2. It is a daunting debate at this time of terror visiting and revisiting our cities, day after day, as to where one should draw the line between fending for oneself and creating a sense of panic while doing so. The debate basically revolves around fear and prudence. For instance, anxiety has gripped the parents of many school-going children today. Authorities in Lahore keep closing down private schools that are not found to be ‘prepared’ enough to face a terrorist attack

  3. If any one is interested to listen to interview of Hillary Clinton (HC) with Pakistani media anchors, which Idrees has mentioned in his interview.

    Here is the link:

    Talat hussain (TH) starts his programme by talking about the human cost of recent bomb explosion in Peshawar and then brings in few clips from the interview.

    I have tried to mention the timings where English clips have appeared in the programme.

    5:37 – 14:50 TH’s question about Kerry Luger bill HC’s answers.

    16:30 – 19:50 TH’s question about US policy towards Pakistan.

    23:08 – 23:36 TH’s question about Af-Pak Strategy.

    25:13 – 25:56 HC’s responds to Hamid Mir question regarding armed American presence in Islamabad in which he was referring to Black Water.

    26:20 – 28:02 HC’s reply to Mubashar Luqman’s question regarding continued drone attacks in Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) of Pakistan and US reluctance to give this technology to Pakistan.

    28:42 – 28:01 HC’s reply to Hamid Mir’s follow up question on drone attacks.

    Also highlights of this interview are available in the following clips.

    Part one:

    Part two:

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