Nonresident Fellow Madiha Afzal describes how U.S. policy toward Pakistan might change given the recent appointments of Secretary of State Pompeo and national security adviser Bolton.
CANCELLED – The future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan
It will take more than cosmetic steps by Pakistan to get the Trump administration to unfreeze security assistance [to Pakistan]. Washington is looking for serious and sustained efforts against the Haqqanis [Haqqani Network], and active measures to incentivize the Taliban to engage in peace talks. I also suspect that any resumption of security assistance would be phased, focusing first on restoring military exchanges and narrowly-targeted counterterrorism assistance programs.