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Why did President Donald Trump recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital? Why now? Is it designed to shore up Trump’s domestic support with Evangelical Christians and Jewish donors and voters? What will be its impact in the Middle East and the world in the short term and the long-term? Will it strengthen anti-US forces? Will there be more violence? Does it make the fight against terror more difficult?
What does the Pew Survey of Indians’ on their views of Pakistan show? Why do 64% of Indians, the highest since 2013 when the survey began, say they view Pakistan extremely unfavorably? Is the rise of Modi a cause or consequence of it? Does it make the chances of peace in South Asia even more remote? Why did Indian Congress leader Mani Shankar Ayar call Indian Prime Minister “neech aadmi” (mean)?
How did US Def Sec Gen James Mattis’ visit to Islamabad go? Why did Stratfor analysts say “Mad Dog (Mattis) Will Bark, But Islamabad Won’t Bite”? Did anything change after the visit? What comes next? Will Pakistan really shoot down any US drones violating Pakistan airspace as the Pakistan Air Force Chief claims? Will US-Pakistan relations further deteriorate?
Viewpoint From Overseas host Faraz Darvesh discusses these questions with Misbah Azam and Riaz Haq (www.riazhaq.com)
Tags: Trump, Israel, Jerusalem, Middle East, India Pakistan, Peace, South Asia, Mattis, Islamabad