The future of Pakistan and the U.S.: A Conversation with Michael Kugelman
February 2018 | Interviewed by Arthur Sanders Montandon
Fletcher Security Review: Although the United States and Pakistan have publicly been partners in their counterterrorism efforts, the two countries have pursued distinct, and at times conflicting, definitions of what constitutes terrorism and how to counter it. As you mentioned in an Axios article, mutual frustration and mistrust between the American and Pakistani governments have, in the past, led Washington to cut aid to Pakistan and led Islamabad to deny the U.S. military access to supply routes within its borders. Considering the current delicate state of U.S.-Pakistani relations following President Donald Trump’s announcement to halt U.S. aid to Pakistan until Islamabad improves its counterterrorism efforts, are we entering uncharted, dangerous terrain in the bilateral relations or are we treading on familiar territory?