Pakistan’s government-run education system is in a dismal state and Islamic schools, or madrasas are rising to fill the gap. Some argue, however, that these religious schools feed hatred and extremism. In this week’s @Brookings podcast, Senior Fellow Rebecca Winthrop, co-author of a recent report on Pakistan’s education sector, examines the links between limited access to quality education and increasing militancy in the country.
This suspension [of U.S. military aid] will no doubt put pressure on Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves, but I am skeptical that cutting a few hundred million dollars in assistance will induce Pakistan to make significant changes to its security policy. Today’s announcement sends a signal about the U.S. administration’s intent to hold Pakistan to account in the public domain. Whether it accomplishes more than that is yet to be seen.
The suspension [of military aid to Pakistan] is arguably more significant as a signal of Washington’s discontent than as an act of financial deprivation. The Trump administration has likely sketched out an escalation strategy, and would be wise to pause after Thursday’s announcement to give Pakistan the opportunity to quietly address U.S. concerns.