Pakistan is an integral player and ally in the United States’ war on terror. It is also, according to President Barack Obama, one of the most dangerous places in the world.
“Pakistan is a much maligned, little understood, very important country,” Akbar Ahmed said.
To understand Pakistan, and ultimately complete U.S. operations in the region with a semblance of a victory, it is necessary that those in decision-making positions understand the nature of the tribes and tribal regions of Pakistan, Ahmed said.
On Monday, Ahmed opened this week’s Interfaith Lecture Series focused on the theme “The People of Pakistan,” with a lecture titled “The Most Dangerous Place in the World — The Tribal Areas of Pakistan.” In his lecture, Ahmed analyzed the present and past conditions of the tribal areas, the ways of life and structures of the tribes and provided a prescription for how best to progress out of the current crisis.