Best-Case, Worst-Case Scenarios for U.S.-Pakistan Relations Under New U.S. Administration
Since 2002, the United States has given Pakistan roughly $2 billion annually in military and development aid. That assistance has led neither to a positive U.S. image in Pakistan, nor to Pakistani actions in Afghanistan in line with U.S. demands. Pakistan says America has failed to appreciate that it has played a crucial counterterrorism role. American policy advocates increasingly pose questions about the future of the partnership and of U.S. assistance. This issue has high stakes for peace and security in South Asia and beyond but it has been largely absent from the U.S. presidential campaign. On November 16, USIP gathered eminent scholars to discuss the future of U.S. assistance to Pakistan—and of the bilateral relationship overall —under the next U.S. administration.
In this excerpt of that discussion, the panelists look at the best-case and worst-case scenarios for the U.S.-Pakistan relationship under the new U.S. administration.
Speakers: Lisa Curtis
Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation
Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute
Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Former Assistant Secretary of State
Moeed Yusuf, Moderator
Associate Vice President, Asia Center, U.S. Institute of Peace
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