"Obama's huge South Asian headache"

The Obama administration knows that peace is South and Central Asia is a must in order to maintain worldwide stability. But out-of-touch and often corrupt governing bodies are struggling just to compete with the Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Recent reports from BBC News highlight the issues plaguing these regions, far beyond just security. The global financial crisis has escalated already widespread poverty, as the gap in education and social welfare grows even larger.