Giving Compass' Take:

• NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's former ambassador to the United States, about the escalating conflict between Pakistan and India and what the U.S. can and should be doing about it.

• Pakistan is on the verge of an economic crisis and it has the need for international assistance. What can policymakers in America do to assist while also keeping good relations with India?

• Learn about what Pakistan’s new prime minister Imran Khan will do for poverty and inequality?

The military confrontation between Pakistan and India is closer to the United States than it may seem. India’s airstrikes into Pakistani territory are thousands of miles from the U.S., but because the two countries are nuclear powers, any full-scale war could endanger the planet. Husain Haqqani is on the line. He’s former ambassador from Pakistan to the United States. He now lives here in the U.S.

Ambassador, welcome back to the program.

HUSAIN HAQQANI: Pleasure being here.

INSKEEP: How much worse is this than the typical confrontation between India and Pakistan?

HAQQANI: I don’t think it is worse. Actually, both sides say that they want de-escalation.

Read the full article about the latest flare up between Pakistan and India by Steve Inskeep at Hudson Institute