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US-Pak Relations: What has Changed? What hasn’t? and What is unlikely to Change?

NIAS Strategic Forecast No. 21 | Author: D Suba Chandran | January 2018

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To cite: D Suba Chandran. “US-Pak Relations: What has Changed? What hasn’t? and What is unlikely to Change?,” NIAS Strategic Forecast No. 21. Bangalore: International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, January 2018.


Trump’s New Year tweet on January was almost an ultimatum asking Pakistan to take certain actions towards Afghanistan and the militants groups in the Af-Pak region.

The American threat of “do more” is not a new one; during the last few years, one could see a trend and a déjà vu in the US threats towards Pakistan and the response by the latter. The Trump administration issued a similar threat a few months earlier, followed by attempting to work with Pakistan “one last time”.

However, the threat issued by Trump through a tweet seems to be different. There was a follow up action to the Trump threat; the US administration announced suspending the aid across-the-board.

How far will the US administration go this time in forcing Pakistan to do more? What has changed? And what has not? And what is not likely to?

To buy or not to buy: F-16, Pak, US & India

The Tribune, May 19, 2016

D. Suba Chandran, Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

TribuneF-16 fighter aircraft have become the latest bone of contention in the volatile Pakistan-US relations. During the last month, there have been a series of statements, demands, counter demands, threats and carrots, both from the US and Pakistan.  

The sale of eight American F-16s to Pakistan has been plaguing the relations between the countries, primarily due to American demands on Pakistan “to do more in Afghanistan”, differences within the US between the State Department, White House and the Congress, and (more importantly) who would foot the bill for the sale. 

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