U.S. interests hinge heavily on the results of todays Pakistani elections
February 18, 2008
After being delayed by the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto in December, Pakistanis will go to the polls today in parliamentary elections. Much is to be determined for the U.S. with these elections as the stability of Pakistan is considered an important part of anti-terrorism strategy. A University of Minnesota expert who can analyze the country and its politics is:
William Beeman, University of Minnesota chair and professor of anthropology
Beeman says, as a nuclear weapons carrying nation with alleged ties between its intelligence agency and the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, a more chaotic Pakistan would, in simple terms, be very bad. Also at play is the multi-ethnic nature of the population, the large disparity gap in income levels and unresolved conflicts with India.
To interview this expert, contact the University News Service, (612) 624-5551.