Accession Number : ADA524099
Title : Pakistan: Key Current Issues and Developments
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : Kronstadt, K A
Report Date : 01 Jun 2010
Pagination or Media Count : 76
Abstract : A stable, democratic, prosperous Pakistan actively combating religious militancy is considered vital to U.S. interests. U.S. concerns regarding Pakistan include regional and global terrorism; efforts to stabilize neighboring Afghanistan; nuclear weapons proliferation; the Kashmir problem and Pakistan-India tensions; democratization and human rights protection; and economic development. Pakistan is praised by U.S. leaders for its ongoing cooperation with U.S.-led counterterrorism and counterinsurgency efforts, although long-held doubts exist about Islamabad's commitment to some core U.S. interests. A mixed record on battling Islamist extremism includes ongoing apparent tolerance of Taliban elements operating from its territory, although some evidence from early 2010 suggests a possible shift here. The increase in Islamist extremism and militancy in Pakistan is a central U.S. foreign policy concern. The development hinders progress toward key U.S. goals, including the defeat of Al Qaeda and other anti-U.S. terrorist groups, Afghan stabilization, and resolution of the historic Pakistan-India rivalry that threatens the entire region's stability and that has a nuclear dimension. Long-standing worries that American citizens have been recruited and employed in Islamist terrorism by Pakistan-based elements have become more concrete in recent months, especially following a failed May 2010 bombing attempt in New York City.
Descriptors : *PAKISTAN , *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *UNITED STATES , *FOREIGN POLICY , *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , TERRORISM , AFGHANISTAN , COUNTERINSURGENCY , ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT , COUNTERTERRORISM , STABILITY , INDIA , GLOBALIZATION , NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION , NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE