Ahmed Rashid



Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani journalist and author based in Lahore, has covered Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia for over 25 years.

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OCT 5, 2018 Podcast

An Update on Pakistan, with Ahmed Rashid

Acclaimed journalist Ahmed Rashid discusses Pakistan's new populist prime minister, Imran Khan, whom he considers woefully unprepared. He also examines Pakistan's debt-ridden economy and Pakistan's ...

L to R: Ahmed Rashid and Barnett Rubin. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni, Carnegie Council

DEC 1, 2015 Podcast

Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Re-emergence of the Taliban and the Arrival of ISIS

Ahmed Rashid and Barnett Rubin dissect the complicated situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan--a region of many competing terrorist groups--and also comment on ISIS in the ...

Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

APR 24, 2012 Podcast

Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

Courageous journalist Ahmed Rashid discusses the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan as the U.S. approaches its scheduled withdrawal in 2014. He goes on to analyze the ...

Ahmed Rashid

MAR 22, 2011 Podcast

Behind the Headlines: Pakistan

With its mix of militants, nuclear weapons, and chronic domestic unrest, Pakistan's problems have implications for the entire world. Prize-winning author and journalist Ahmed Rashid ...

JUN 9, 2008 Podcast

Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

"Almost every single important extremist leader is living on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan," says Ahmed Rashid. Compared to this threat, Iraq is a ...

DEC 12, 2007 Podcast

Pakistan: The Struggle Between Politics and Extremism

Created as a Muslim state 60 years ago this August, Pakistan is in crisis, wrestling with Draconian laws, the conflict between secularism and Islam, and an ...

SEP 25, 2002 Transcript

From a Reporter's Notebook: Afghanistan One Year Later: The Struggle for the Soul of a Nation

Afghanistan is less stable today than it was six months ago because of U.S. reluctance to provide security outside Kabul and the international community's ...

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia

DEC 17, 2001 Transcript

Behind the Headlines: Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Rise of Militant Islam

Central Asia will remain precariously unstable until the repressive governments are forced to reform, asserts Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid. There is reason for optimism, he ...