U.S., Pakistan Need to Reboot Relationship

Karachi Street, photo by Hassan, http://www.flickr.com/photos/hassam/2743778197/sizes/m/in/photostream/

The recent announcement that the United States is suspending about one-third of its military assistance is understandable at one level — but both the United States and Pakistan still need each other, and this is not the way to avoid a breakup. Instead, they need to rebuild the relationship around a civilian core, recognizing the strategic importance of Pakistan’s economy, and to focus on a more modest and concrete set of shared objectives on the security side.

Read Teresita Schaffer’s op-ed on CNN.Com, posted July 14, 2011.

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