Caught in the Muddle: America's Pakistan Strategy

Author
Paul Stanilan
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
34
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Winter 2011
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
President Obama has placed Pakistan at the center of his administration's foreign policy agenda. Islamabad is a pivotal player in Afghanistan and its decisions will have much to do with whether and how U.S. forces can leave that country. Al Qaeda and linked militant groups have used Pakistan as a sanctuary and recruiting ground, with the Afghanistan-Pakistan border areas becoming, in President Obama's words, ''the most dangerous place in the world.'' Recurrent tensions between India and Pakistan frustrate and complicate U.S. initiatives in the region, where nuclear proliferation, insurgency, terrorism, and grand strategic goals in Asia intersect.
Political Geography
Pakistan, Afghanistan, America, Asia