John R. Schmidt teaches at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He served in the State Department during a thirty-year foreign service career, including as political counselor at the U.S. embassy in Islamabad in the years leading up to 9/11. His first book, The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad, will be published in September, 2011.

Hiding Something

Theories continue to spread over who in Pakistan’s military and government knew about Osama bin Laden’s hideout, but former State Department official John R. Schmidt says none of them make sense.