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Topic - Karl Inderfurth
The major candidates to become Pakistan's next prime minister oppose American drone strikes on Islamic extremists in their country, which bodes ill for the U.S. policy after Pakistan's historic parliamentary elections in May.
The third U.S.-India strategic dialogue gets under way in Washington this week as the Obama administration considers imposing sanctions on the South Asian nation for importing oil from Iran.
Ryan Crocker, who came out of retirement less than a year ago to accept one of the most dangerous U.S. diplomatic assignments, plans to leave his post as ambassador in Afghanistan this summer.
President Barack Obama's promised trip to Pakistan this year, once seen as a reward for a key ally in the fight against terrorism, is now a looming headache for the White House as it tries to determine whether the government in Islamabad was complicit in allowing Osama bin Laden to live for years within the country's borders.
Pakistani elections — 1 p.m. — The National Security Network holds a conference-call briefing to discuss the results of elections in Pakistan. Participants include Wendy Chamberlin and Karl Inderfurth, former U.S. ambassadors to Pakistan. Location: None given. Contact: 202/289-5999.
"Whatever civilian leadership is installed [after the elections] will demand greater respect for Pakistani sovereignty by the U.S. and an end to the use of drones," said Karl Inderfurth, a former assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs.
"Both [the U.S. and Pakistan] have contributed to the downward slide [in the relationship] of recent years," said Mr. Inderfurth. "A new Pakistan government and a new Obama team will have their work cut out for them to reverse it."