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The Pakistan Factor in America’s Afghanistan Policy

March 12, 2021

Episode Notes:

As President Joe Biden and his team develop U.S. policy in Afghanistan, they will have to factor in its next-door neighbor — Pakistan. The nuclear-armed state is a key external player in Afghanistan, has a long history of supporting terrorist groups to advance its foreign policy interests, and is home to Afghan refugees, the Haqqani Network, and likely key members of the Taliban. In a letter that was leaked on March 7, Secretary of State Antony Blinken explained to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani that it wanted regional powers like Pakistan, China, Iran, India, and Russia to participate in future Afghan peace talks. But what does Pakistan make of this regional approach, and how should U.S. officials think about Pakistan — which is primarily concerned with denying Indian influence in Afghanistan — when making Afghanistan policy?

Madiha Afzal — a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution and author of Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State —  joins the Warcast to discuss Pakistani views of Afghanistan.


[ 01:22 ] What do you think Pakistani decision-makers make of Joe Biden's current approach to Afghanistan?

[ 04:07 ] What are some of the core principles anchoring Pakistan's policy to Afghanistan?

[ 10:33 ] How does Pakistan view America’s role in Afghanistan?

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