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Stop Enabling Pakistan's Dangerous Dysfunction

George Perkovich | Carnegie Policy Outlook

Pakistan

As the United States begins to look to the end of its heavy fighting role in Afghanistan, it needs to confront the more important question of Pakistan's future. The United States has been a major player there for sixty years; if Pakistan is dangerously dysfunctional, Washington helped enable it to get this way.

Because withdrawal from Afghanistan means that the United States will be less dependent on Pakistani supply lines into that country, this is a rare opportunity to reconsider and dramatically revise American policies and practices in this strategically important country of almost 200 million.

The United States has frequently cited its interests in Pakistan: securing Pakistan's growing nuclear arsenal; preventing war between it and India; counterterrorism; inducing Pakistan's cooperation in stabilizing Afghanistan; and fostering development and democratization in what will soon be the world's most populous Muslim-majority state. But overwhelmingly, these interests all boil down to one: the security of Pakistanis.

If Pakistanis are more justly governed, more educated, more employed, and therefore more able to define and pursue a constructive national identity and interest, they will expunge terrorists to secure themselves. The United States will be better off as a result. Getting from here to there may be impossible, but it certainly will not happen if the United States continues to treat Pakistan as it has until now: as the means to pursue U.S. security interests outside the country. Full Article   



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