Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2007/12/14/A_Discussion_on_Pakistan_and_Afghanistan Afghanistan experts Ahmed Rashid and Barnett Rubin discuss the increasing resurgence of Taliban activity in that country and Pakistan. ----- The Asia Society's Nermeen Shaikh interviews Barnett Rubin and Ahmed Rashid on Pakistan and Afghanistan. Barnett R. Rubin is Director of Studies and Senior Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation of New York University, where he directs the program on the Reconstruction of Afghanistan. He has worked at CIC since July 2000. During 1994-2000 he was Director of the Center for Preventive Action, and Director, Peace and Conflict Studies, at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Dr. Rubin is a Director of Gulestan Ariana Ltd., a private company manufacturing essential oils and related consumer products in Afghanistan. In November-December 2001 he served as special advisor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, during the negotiations that produced the Bonn Agreement. He advised the United Nations on the drafting of the constitution of Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Compact, and the Afghanistan National Development Strategy. Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore is author of three books including the best sellers Taliban and most recently Jihad. He has covered Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia for the past 25 years and writes for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Daily Telegraph, and The Wall Street Journal. Nermeen Shaikh is the Managing Editor of Asia Society Online. Her book _The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Global Power_ has just been published by Columbia University Press. She studied politics at Cambridge University in England and at Queen?s University in Canada.
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