Episode 99 – The Second War on Terror

Uzair talks to Dr. Asfandyar Mir about rising cases of terrorism in Pakistan, the emerging threat on the Afghan border, and what risks he is concerned about during this ongoing second war on terror.

Dr. Asfandyar Mir is a senior expert in the Asia Center at USIP. Previously, Dr. Mir held various fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. His research interests include the international relations of South Asia, U.S. counterterrorism policy and political violence — with a regional focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Dr. Mir’s research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, such as International Security, International Studies Quarterly and Security Studies. He received his doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago and a master’s and bachelor’s from Stanford University.

Reading Recommendations:

Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman

Ordering Violence: Explaining Armed Group-State Relations from Conflict to Cooperation by Paul Staniland


0:00 Introduction

2:40 What is going on at the Pak-Afg border?

9:30 Terror networks and the role of foreign agencies

21:45 Will negotiations help Pakistan?

34:00 Terrorism and geoeconomics

51:40 Indicators to watch for

56:00 Risks facing Pakistan

1:02:00 Reading recommendations