As the Bush administration pushes its war on terrorism beyond Afghanistan, Southeast Asia has become a new focus. The Philippines government announced last week that 600 American troops will participate in joint military exercises with Philippine forces. The United States is also looking towards Indonesia, where officials say the al Quaeda network continues to operate.
Brookings Institution Fellow and former State Department official Catharin Dalpino was online to take questions and comments on Southeast Asia and the war on terrorism.
The discussion is the fifth of a regular series developed by The Brookings Institution’s Project on America’s Response to Terrorism and washingtonpost.com to examine the key policy questions related to the U.S. fight against terrorism.
Full transcript available at washingtonpost.com.
[The duplicity of Pakistan's intelligence services was] baked into the stock price of U.S.-Pakistan relations. They were at times minimally responsive, but we always hit a wall. The outstanding list of Al Qaeda-affiliated figures [still operating in Pakistan] is small. But the Haqqani list is moving in the other direction.