The Pakistan challenge

People wave flags and celebrate at a national day rally during the country's 69th Independence Day in Peshawar, Pakistan, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Khuram Parvez - RTX1O9SO

Bruce Riedel, senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, offers his expert view on the policy challenges facing the new administration with respect to Pakistan, their double-sided government, and their tumultuous regional relations.

Also in this episode, Molly Reynolds, fellow in Governance Studies, returns with her regular “What’s Happening in Congress” update. This week: confirming Neil Gorsuch, passing an Obamacare replacement, contention over the budget, and the investigation of Russian interference into the US presidential election.

Finally, Tom Loveless examines disproportionate suspension rates for African American students from his 2017 Brown Center Report on American Education.

Show Notes:

A New U.S. Approach to Pakistan: Enforcing Aid Conditions without Cutting Ties

2017 Brown Center Report on American Education: Race and school suspensions

Constituents and the GOP party brand put pressure on health care vote

Avoiding Armageddon: America, India, and Pakistan to the Brink and Back

What We Won: America’s Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979-1989

JFK’s Forgotten Crisis: Tibet, the CIA, and Sino-Indian War

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Thanks to audio producer Gaston Reboredo and producer Vanessa Sauter, and also thanks for additional support from Eric Abalahin, Jessica Pavone, Nawal Atallah, Kelly Russo, and Rebecca Viser.

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