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With an Eye on Afghan Peace, the U.S. Extends an Olive Branch to Pakistan

Faisel Pervaiz
South Asia Analyst, Stratfor
Jul 22, 2019 | 09:30 GMT
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan meets with family members of schoolchildren killed in a 2014 massacre by Taliban militants in Peshawar.

On July 22, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump will host Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House to discuss cooperation between the two countries. The meeting -- which marks a diplomatic victory for Khan -- seemed unthinkable at the beginning of 2018, when Trump’s hard-hitting words for Islamabad included accusing the South Asian country of “lies & deceit."

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The ongoing peace process has yielded a recent thaw in U.S.-Pakistani relations. But without an active conflict in Afghanistan, there will be little keeping Washington from turning toward more pressing issues in the region -- namely, stemming China's rise....

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