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In Afghanistan, the U.S. and Pakistan Fight a Conflict of Interests

Faisel Pervaiz
South Asia Analyst, Stratfor
Nov 21, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to revoke Pakistan's non-NATO major ally status and withhold more of its aid package to compel the country to stop harboring militants in its borders. But the threats aren't working.

As the United States mulls more serious measures to try to weaken Pakistan's support for the Taliban, it will probably weaken its partnership with Islamabad instead.

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The ravages of a seemingly endless war have kept the United States mired in South Asia for over 16 years. In August, U.S. President Donald Trump proposed a new solution to the intractable conflict in Afghanistan. The new strategy would focus not on meeting a specific deadline but rather on achieving the conditions necessary to bring peace to the war-torn country. To that end, Trump urged India to play a greater role in Afghanistan's economic development. He also had a few choice words for Pakistan. The president took the large nuclear power, home to more than 200 million people, to task for continuing to harbor militant groups such as the Taliban and the Haqqani network. To compel a change in Islamabad's behavior, the Trump administration has threatened to revoke Pakistan's non-NATO major ally status and withhold more of the $1 billion in aid that the United States has given the...

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