"It is all about undermining Karzai": Pakistan's "New" Relationship? Is there really a "new" relationship between the US and Pakistan? It seems that not much has changed in Pakistan, at least when it comes to its military and intelligence services. If anything, the emphasis remains on maintaining power in the region. What seems to be cooperation in the form of capture of Taliban leaders has more to do with destabilizing the Karzai government than stopping terrorist networks. These and other observations came out in a discussion with C. Christine Fair, professor in Georgetown's Center for Peace and Security Studies. The US, Dr. Fair noted, has not been completely mercenary of late: At the same time, their discussions continue to be fraught: Above all, the US has to contend with an entrenched Pakistani intelligence service that has the power to sway public opinion: Even more problematic for the US, forces within Pakistan have an interest in working against the Afghan government's attempts to create stability through negotiations with the Taliban: Ultimately, they have no desire to see Karzai, or the US, succeed in their current strategies: There appears to be a fundamental incoherence: At the same time, American policy is not without its problems. Dr. Fair went on to discuss the perception of US support for Israel in the wider region. Although it has little sway in Afghanistan, in the Muslim world more generally, US policies can aid militant groups in their recruitment efforts. Dr. Fair notes that, "Daily Briefing with Ian Masters" appears on the Pacifica Network, originating at KPFK-FM Los Angeles. It streams live at www.kpfk.org Monday-Thursday from 5:00-6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, Sundays 11-Noon, and any time on the archives page here.