“Strategic Competition: Why Pakistan Matters,” is the title of an OpEd written by Dr. Saira Yamin for Security Nexus. This paper emphasizes the importance of the U.S. maintaining a strong relationship with Pakistan as strategic competition with China intensifies.
It is worth noting that Pakistan remains vitally important to U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific, not least because of its all-weather strategic cooperative partnership with China who regards it as an “element of its strategic competition with the United States and India.” The current state of U.S.-Pakistan relations is symptomatic of an increasing ambiguity that is counterproductive to advancing U.S. interests. To state the obvious, the more the U.S distances itself from Pakistan, a country not very long ago considered a “key U.S. ally in the region,” the more expedient it will be for China to pursue its global economic, political and military aspirations. Read the full article:
Dr. Saira Yamin is a professor at the Daniel K Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The views expressed in this article are her own.
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