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The Often Frustrating Partner America Needs In Afghanistan

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After their first official meeting earlier this month, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and President Barack Obama faced cameras together i...

US-Pakistan Relations: An Insight With Vali Nasr

Mariam Khan | Posted 01.31.2015 | College
Mariam Khan

What is Pakistan's problem? Let us come back to that first. Pakistan needs to make its stature clear and work on the common interests which will be of essence be it trading or opening up safe and secure paths to foreign investments.

The Problem With Pakistani Attitude Towards USA

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Raza Habib Raja

It is true that the current superpower is not an angel, but the way we are viewing things has seriously affected our own welfare and virtually made us unable to self introspect.

Hope for a New Paradigm in U.S.-Pakistani Relations?

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Prem M. Trivedi

The need for a paradigm shift in the bilateral relationship appears to be an idea whose time has come within the U.S. foreign policy community. A revived U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue has the potential to launch a different kind of strategic framework.

US Drone Strike In Pakistan Kills 3 Suspected Insurgents

Agence France Presse | | Posted 12.30.2013 | World

A US drone strike targeting a militant compound Thursday killed three insurgents in a northwest Pakistan tribal region near the Afghan border, officia...

Athar Mohiudin

Pakistani Community In U.S. Gives Insight Into Complexities Of U.S.-Pakistan Relationship

HuffingtonPost.com | Athar Mohiudin | Posted 10.26.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Following Wednesday's visit from Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in which he says he urged Obama to end the U.S. drone program in ...

Rights Group: U.S. Drone Strikes Killed Pakistani Grandmother And Workers

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD, Oct 22 (Reuters) - U.S. drone strikes killed a Pakistani grandmother and 18 civilian labourers last ye...

Pakistan-U.S. Relations More Than Just Politics

Common Ground News Service | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Common Ground News Service

It is extremely heartening that the United States and Pakistan have chosen educational cooperation, among other types, as a key instrument of engagement with each other.

Bridging the Gap

Common Ground News Service | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Common Ground News Service

Knowing that the uneasy relations between Pakistan and the United States will continue to ebb and flow as American troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, he thinks that people-to-people contact is the only way out of the practice of demonising each other.

Pakistan's FM Mullah Problem

Reuters | Posted 08.28.2012 | World

By Michael Georgy and Jibran Ahmad ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR, June 28 (Reuters) - Shortly after sneaking across the Afghan border this week, ...

Where Will the Leadership Come From?

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Anyone who knows Pakistan knows that it's simplistic to chant (like the sheep in Animal Farm), "Civilians good, military ba-a-a-ad." But it's also true that a military takeover is not only far from out of the question, but likely only to make things worse. So where can we look for leadership?

Drone Intel Complex Clobbers Strategists and Diplomats

Steve Clemons | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Steve Clemons

It seems that by allowing the drone-deployers to prevail over the diplomats, the Obama White House is pushing tactics over strategy. Some may debate this, but a drone triumphalism seems to be dominating over other key strategic equities that the U.S. should be concerned about.

Pakistan Slams Spike In Drone Strikes

Posted 08.04.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD, June 4 (Reuters) - Pakistan on Monday strongly condemned a jump in U.S. drone strikes on its territory, using language that could increas...

Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

Dilip Hiro | Posted 06.17.2012 | World
Dilip Hiro

There is, in fact, nothing new in the way Islamabad has been squeezing Washington lately. It has a long record of getting the better of U.S. officials by identifying areas of American weakness and exploiting them successfully to further its agenda.

DRONE ATTACK: 15 Suspected Militants Reportedly Killed

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2012 | World

By Saud Mehsud DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, March 13 (Reuters) - U.S. drone aircraft struck twice in Pakistan's unruly tribal regions ...

Rohrabacher's "Blood Borders" in Balochistan

C. Christine Fair | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
C. Christine Fair

Forcing U.S.-Pakistan relations to a breaking point does not serve U.S. interests, or Pakistan's. No matter how much Pakistanis resent the U.S., our support at the IMF is critical to keeping Pakistan afloat.

4-Year-Old Mutilated By U.S. Drone Attack To Receive Reconstructive Surgery

Posted 12.27.2011 | World

Shakira was one-year-old when she was found severely burned and near death in a trash can in Pakistan's Swat Valley. The girl had been left to die aft...

Tenuous Ties on 'AfPak' Frontier

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 01.31.2012 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

A NATO air attack that killed at least twenty-four Pakistani soldiers along the Afghan border has further damaged a U.S.-Pakistan relationship that has lurched from crisis to crisis this year.

A New Chapter for U.S.-Pakistan Relations?

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 11.06.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Pakistan's arrest of three men it identified as senior operatives of terrorist organization al-Qaeda is being touted as a sign of renewed cooperation between Washington and Islamabad after months of tense relations.

After the Breakup: What Next for U.S.-Pakistan Relations

C. Christine Fair | Posted 10.25.2011 | World
C. Christine Fair

America should engage Pakistan's emerging civilian centers of power. The most likely path to a stable Pakistan involves empowering civilians to exert control over its security and foreign policies.

Time For a New Conversation With Pakistan

Rizwan Ladha | Posted 09.12.2011 | World
Rizwan Ladha

Pakistan often makes rhetorical statements that are contradictory to its actions -- which is not the way to make long-term, sustainable progress on the security issues of most concern to Pakistan, its neighbors and its partners.

U.S. Suspends Millions In Aid To Pakistani Military

nytimes.com | ERIC SCHMITT and JANE PERLEZ | Posted 09.08.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is suspending and, in some cases, canceling hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Pakistani military, i...

The Obama-Shaped Leadership Void

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Ethan Casey

One of my purposes in this column is to help myself and my readers understand a rudderless country with a feckless president, a military caste with an...

U.S. And Pakistan Officials Dispute Killing Of Senior Militant

Posted 08.08.2011 | World

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. and Pakistani officials disagree sharply over claims that senior al Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri was killed in a recent missile...

Clinton: Pakistan 'A Good Partner' To The U.S.

Posted 07.26.2011 | World

PARIS (Reuters) - Working with Pakistan is a strategic necessity for the United States, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday, even...