Tahir-Kheli is Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She served in senior positions at the National Security Council and the Department of State in three Republican administrations.

The U.S. needs a stable Pakistan, and the new leadership to emerge from this election will face huge challenges. Shirin Tahir-Kheli on the biggest issues facing the country right now.

The raid on Osama bin Laden laid bare the myth of close cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistan. Shirin Tahir-Kheli on how the rising tension could lead to Pakistan’s Arab Spring.

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Germany all abstained in the U.N. vote on military action in Libya. Shirin Tahir-Kheli, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. for Special Political Affairs, on why they bucked the responsibility. Plus, experts on whether Libya’s no-fly zone will work.

With all the geographical groups bickering, expanding the U.N. Security Council to allow a permanent seat for India, which President Obama supports, is unlikely. And that’s not to mention an ascendant U.N.-hostile Republican Congress and pushback from China.

While the president ponders the way forward in Afghanistan, Pakistan looms as perhaps his greatest foreign policy challenge. Shirin R. Tahir-Kheli on how the past can help point the way forward.

During her meetings at the U.N. General Assembly this week, the secretary of State, a longtime promoter of women’s empowerment, should press for action against rape as a tactic of war, says Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli.