Accession Number:

ADA478264

Title:

Pakistan-U.S. Relations

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-12-04

Pagination or Media Count:

72.0

Abstract:

A stable, democratic, prosperous Pakistan is considered vital to U.S. interests. U.S. concerns regarding Pakistan include regional and global terrorism Afghan stability democratization and human rights protection the ongoing Kashmir problem and Pakistan-India tensions and economic development. A U.S.-Pakistan relationship marked by periods of both cooperation and discord was transformed by the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States and the ensuing enlistment of Pakistan as a key ally in U.S.-led counterterrorism efforts. Top U.S. officials regularly praise Pakistan for its ongoing cooperation, although doubts exist about Islamabad s commitment to some core U.S. interests. Pakistan is identified as a base for terrorist groups and their supporters operating in Kashmir, India, and Afghanistan. Since 2003, Pakistan s army has conducted unprecedented and largely ineffectual counterterrorism operations in the country s western tribal areas. Islamabad later shifted to a strategy of negotiation with the region s pro-Taliban militants combined with longer-term economic and infrastructure development in the region, a tack that elicited scepticism in Western capitals and that has failed in its central purposes.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE