Posts Tagged 'U.S.-Pakistan relations'

Burns: U.S., Pakistan fated to be allies

Burns: U.S., Pakistan fated to be allies

Though the relationship between Pakistan and the United States has become increasingly complex, the two are destined to be allies.

Nicholas Burns, former U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs, discussed the importance of U.S.-Pakistan relations from the U.S. perspective at Friday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater. His lecture, titled “Where U.S.-Pakistan Relations Should Go from Here,” concluded Week Five, themed “Pakistan: Straddling the Boundary Between Asia and the Middle East.”

Burns focused on three questions: Is Pakistan important to the United States?; Are the two countries loyal friends to each other?; and How can the next president work with Pakistan to confront challenges?

Nawaz: US needs to form relationship with Pakistani society, not military

Nawaz: US needs to form relationship with Pakistani society, not military

The combination of Pakistan’s involvement in the most recent war in Afghanistan and its weak policy making and governance has diminished its ability to provide for its citizens.

It is a crisis much greater than the state of its relations with the United States, said Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council, during Thursday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater.

Nawaz spoke about the situation Pakistan and its military face today, as well as what the country must do to become a strong, prosperous country, during Week Five, themed “Pakistan: Straddling the Boundary Between Asia and the Middle East.”

Policy expert Burns closes Pakistan week from US view

Policy expert Burns closes Pakistan week from US view

Trust: the key component to any relationship, including one between two countries. A lack of trust can lead to difficult times.

The minimal amount of trust between the United States and Pakistan has developed into a troubled relationship, one that faces difficult times and several problems.

Burns will return to Chautauqua Institution for a second consecutive year — this time as the final speaker of Week Five, themed “Pakistan: Straddling the Boundary between South Asia and the Middle East” — during Friday’s 10:45 a.m. lecture in the Amphitheater. He will speak about U.S.-Pakistan relations, Indian-Pakistani history and Pakistan’s role in the Afghanistan War.

Haqqani: US, Pakistan should focus on friendship, not alliance

Haqqani: US, Pakistan should focus on friendship, not alliance

Pakistan and the United States have clashing narratives about their alliance.

From the Pakistanis’ perspective, the U.S. and Pakistan have been allies for 60 years, but the U.S. has walked away several times and cannot dictate Pakistan’s foreign policy.

From the Americans’ perspective, Pakistan is not a true ally. Pakistani public opinion remains anti-American despite the amount of aid the country receives, Husain Haqqani said. And Americans question Pakistan’s involvement with terrorists and its ability to fulfill promises.

Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S., spoke about U.S.-Pakistan relations, how that alliance was damaged and Pakistan’s national interest at Wednesday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater for Week Five, themed “Pakistan: Straddling the Boundary between Asia and the Middle East.”

Lodhi: Though a weak state, Pakistan has a strong society

Lodhi: Though a weak state, Pakistan has a strong society

Though Pakistan has faced several crises, people underestimate the resilience of the country’s people.

“We are a resilient society, a resilient nation, but we have a weak state,” said Maleeha Lodhi, former Pakistani ambassador to the United States and the United Kingdom. “We are a strong society but a fragile state.”

Lodhi spoke at Tuesday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater about why Pakistan is pivotal, why the country is challenged today and its strategic dilemmas as part of Week Five, themed “Pakistan: Straddling the Boundary Between Asia and the Middle East.”

Lodhi named six reasons why the country is pivotal. Pakistan is located at the intersection between the Middle East, South Asia and Central Asia, three critical regions in the world, she said.