President Barack Obama and Afghan president Hamid Karzai held talks in Washington this week. Although the two leaders meet annually to discuss matters of state, this year’s talks are critically important for both governments as they attempt to restore a level of trust that has been eroding for months. Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown says the situation between Washington and Kabul is tenuous and that the importance of these talks cannot be underestimated.
The main challenges [for China to develop a port in Pakistan], as I see them, are posed by the security risks of sustaining a large Chinese presence in Balochistan. China has demonstrated that it is highly sensitive to threats against Chinese citizens abroad, and even a small number of attacks or kidnappings could constrain the ambitions of China’s state owned enterprises operating in the area.