A private book discussion on Neighbours in Arms with Larry Pressler. A former member of the U.S. Congress and a three-term Senator, Pressler is known for the Pressler Amendment of 1985, which banned most economic and military assistance to Pakistan absent a certification from the U.S. President of its non-possession of a nuclear device. This was enforced in 1990, blocking military sales and aid to Pakistan. His new book, which provides an account of U.S. policy to India and Pakistan after 1974, reveals what went on behind the scenes.
This discussion is private and off-the-record.
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Mao Zedong did not see the value of reform and opening up. The China part of Nixon’s 1967 Foreign Affairs article suggested an implicit bargain that provided the conceptual basis for China’s new direction after 1978. That bargain was if China focused on domestic development and didn’t threaten the security of its neighbours, the United States would help.
[President Trump's counterparts fear that Americans] do not feel they need to lead the world anymore... The United States is still the dominant power out there – the Atlantic alliance is still alive. But [Trump's] foreign policy weakened some of the elements.