Pakistan poses strategic, tactical challenges to policy makers: CIA

Published: March 14, 2015
CIA director says Peshawar attack underscores emergence of terrorist threat that is difficult to track, thwart. PHOTO COURTESY: VETERANS TODAY

CIA director says Peshawar attack underscores emergence of terrorist threat that is difficult to track, thwart. PHOTO COURTESY: VETERANS TODAY

WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) identified Pakistan as one of the countries that poses strategic and tactical challenges to policy makers.

“Developments in a host of countries across the globe are raising strategic and tactical challenges for policymakers and our Agency,” CIA director John Brennan said, referring to countries like Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan, North Korea and Pakistan.

“In addition to monitoring developments in these hotspots, our analysts track overall trends in global stability,” Brennan said in rare public remarks by a CIA director, in which he spoke about the terror attack on a Peshawar school last year.

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“In December, gunmen in Pakistan opened fire on school children in an attack that, even by the appalling standards of the Pakistani Taliban, was shocking in its moral depravity,” he said, referring to the attack that left 153 people dead, mostly students.

These attacks underscore a disturbing trend that we have been monitoring for some time – the emergence of a terrorist threat that is increasingly decentralised, difficult to track, and difficult to thwart, the top American spymaster added.

Brennan said developments last year continued a three-year trend of rising instability marked by severe conflict and the erosion of state capacity worldwide.

“We saw more outbreaks of instability than at any point since just after the collapse of the Soviet Union, matching the rate we saw during the period of decolonisation in the 1960s,” he said in his remarks before the Council on Foreign Relations.

“The implications of this trend are well known to this audience. Rising instability leads to a growth in ungoverned spaces; a spike in humanitarian crises; a surge of refugees, weapons, and fighters across borders; and an emphasis on security over democratic principles among conflict-weary publics,” he added.

“As CIA tackles these challenges, we benefit greatly from the network of relationships we maintain with intelligence services throughout the world. This is a critically important and lesser-known aspect of our efforts,” he said.

Brennan stressed on building relationship with intelligence agencies of other countries. “To be sure, if we are to work with a broad range of services around the globe, we must also focus on enhancing professionalism and commitment to the ethics of intelligence,” he said.

“With CIA’s support, I have seen counterparts develop into sophisticated and effective partners. Over time, our engagement with partner services fosters a deeper, more candid give-and-take, a more robust exchange of information and assessments, and a better understanding of the world that often ultimately encourages better alignment on policy,” he added.

This article originally appeared on Zee News.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Ashraf
    Mar 14, 2015 - 12:59PM

    Not to worry Mr.Brennan. Peshawar or not, Pakistan cannot change its stance on terrorists. If the Lakhvi trial is anything to go by, no change on the ground will take place. Any terrorist attacking armed personnel of their families will be tried and strung up. Others will walk free.Recommend

  • Fazal Dad
    Mar 14, 2015 - 5:10PM

    It is just by chance that I happen to watch his speech through internet.Mr. Brennan was talking to a select gathering of media, human rights organizations at Council of Foreign Affairs, NY with Charlie Rose as moderator. There was a mention Peshawar incident in the beginning. But none of his remarks were in derogatory or negative sense. He was giving an assessments of happening around the world and was very open, candid and professional. Please do not make a sensational story out of nothing.Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 14, 2015 - 5:59PM

    @Fazal Dad:
    Read news is taken from zee news. Lolzz. News poori parra karrain and source bhi parra karrain. So take it with a pinch of salt. India is desperate.Recommend

  • Gemini
    Mar 14, 2015 - 6:21PM

    @zara: Thank you zara that before reading whole article I read your comment first :P Saved my 10 minutes :PRecommend

  • Bhai sahib
    Mar 14, 2015 - 7:07PM

    So if Z TV misquotes a statement of a public official, should you also blindly follow in their foot-steps? Professionalism requires cross-checking before putting a story in print. Fazal Dad is correct as he is quoting a primary source and not made-up twisted version by some 3rd. rated TV channel. Recommend

  • Sun Tzu
    Mar 15, 2015 - 1:00AM

    Zee for bored housewives and their maids — if Pakistanis start basing their Foreign Policies based on what Zee says – I can only wish them luck!!Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 15, 2015 - 7:45AM

    Arghhhhh. Sun tzu and bhai saab. Thats what iwas saying zee tv is a trashy news source, so don’t take news seriously.

    Mera naam kharab kurra diya :((. Dramaqueen uncles.

    Woh jo moderator baitha/baithi hai wont add my comment either.Recommend

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