Visiting Scholar Husain Haqqani reviews Senior Associate Ashley Tellis' policy brief on US Strategic re-making of South Asia. Haqqani notes that this may be the first time the U.S. is basing its South Asia strategy on positive engagement with Pakistan coupled with a clear acknowledgement of India’s ascendance. However, according to Haqqani, the major problem with the American grand strategy for the region is that it is based on assumptions about the intentions of regional players that have been proven incorrect over time.
In the protests about the now discredited report about the alleged desecration of the Koran, repressive regimes used the bogey of ‘Islamic extremists’ to stamp on public freedom
Whatever the flowery declarations between India and Pakistan, unless Pakistan’s internal structure changes, there’ll never be lasting peace.
India's foreign minister visited Washington last week and met with President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to discuss a range of mutual interests, from countering China's strategic clout to promoting economic growth and resolving India-Pakistan tensions. Unfortunately, the Bush administration's obsession with Iran threatens to block a major initiative that could advance those goals.
An examination of the anti-Soviet Jihad in Afghanistan and the emergence of jihadi groups in Pakistan and Kashmir used by Pakistan to bolster is national identity against India.
Ashley J. Tellis explains how the United States can push Pakistan in the direction of democratic reform while maintaining cooperation in the war on terrorism.