The Future of U.S.-Pakistan Military Ties: Weathering the Strains of Regional Terrorism
Recorded on July 22, 2008
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
As attacks against coalition forces in Eastern
Afghanistan intensify and Pakistan grapples with its own burgeoning
Taliban insurgency in the tribal borderlands, U.S.-Pakistan
military ties are facing new challenges. More aggressive
coalition counterinsurgency tactics in Eastern Afghanistan
are bringing U.S. troops closer to the border with
Pakistan and require ever closer communication and joint
efforts to strengthen counterterrorism
cooperation. Moreover, U.S. frustration with an
entrenched terrorist safe haven in Pakistan's tribal areas and lack
of faith in the efficacy of Pakistani negotiations to deal with the
problem also are creating misunderstanding and crossed wires.
In this charged atmosphere, what are the future prospects
for addressing terrorism challenges on a joint basis?
Should the U.S. shift its strategy vis-à-visPakistan?
What can be expected from Pakistan in the near and long-term?
How can both sides build trust in each other and strengthen the
chances of overall success against the terrorist scourge in South