Feb 4, 2009 — Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid says the Taliban is making advances in Pakistan. Rashid reports on Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia for The Daily Telegraph and The Far Eastern Economic Review.
Feb 4, 2009 — Sarah Chayes has been living and working in Afghanistan since she covered the fall of the Taliban government for NPR. She joins Fresh Air to explain how the hard-line religious movement is using both fear and persuasion as it works to once again expand its power in Afghanistan.
Nov 25, 2008 — Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid discusses the Bush Administration's policies concerning Afghanistan and Pakistan and speculates about the changes President-elect Barack Obama may bring to the area.
Jun 5, 2008 — Journalist Ahmed Rashid's new book, Descent into Chaos, examines the Unites States' nation-building efforts in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Rashid argues that U.S. efforts have failed — and served to destabilize the region further.
Dec 7, 2005 — Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein failed to show up in an Iraqi court Wednesday after declaring the day before that his trial on charges of orchestrating the killings of 140 Shiite villagers in 1982 was unjust. The trial is now in recess until December 21. Madeleine Brand discusses the latest developments with New York University law professor Noah Feldman, author of What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building. Feldman says Saddam is making a mockery of the court and effectively derailing the trial.