Accession Number:

ADA545240

Title:

What Drives Pakistan's Interest in Afghanistan?

Descriptive Note:

monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-05-19

Pagination or Media Count:

72.0

Abstract:

To understand Pakistans complex challenges in this volatile region, an observer must not only analyze Pakistan but also their historical relationship with Afghanistan to intrinsically understand the root causes associated with Pakistani motivations and concerns. Additionally, the causal impacts that other regional nations and sub-national actors have in either providing a positive or negative effect on the natural state of stability between these two nation-states must be incorporated into the analysis. Rarely will any major strategic action from an outside actor directed towards Pakistan not have participative impact on Afghanistan or vice versa. This monograph provides a deep historical study to determine the contextual facts that have evolved the current environmental dynamics that faces Pakistan. With Pakistans security, political behavior, and portions of its economy extricably linked with its western neighbor, this research examines what is driving Pakistans interest in Afghanistan. The research finds that Pakistans external and internal security interests, internal political function, and economy are all inter-woven and influence her relationship with Afghanistan. However, based on the research, it uncovers historical events that have generated the current regional dynamics to determine that security is fundamentally driving Pakistans existential interest in controlling Afghanistan. The analysis concludes that Pakistan sees controlling Afghanistan as a fundamental requirement for ensuring their very existence as a nation-state against an aggressive Indian neighbor and internal militant groups. Additionally, Pakistan recognizes that without enduring security she will not be able to achieve the economic growth she requires to achieve her envisioned destiny of being a global leader within the international community. Finally, this monograph provides

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE