Only sustainable relations can help Pak-US cooperation.
Normality cannot be achieved without Pakistan itself becoming a normal country, and Washington shifting its focus of interest to the people, from the ruling elite.
It’s almost as if an American war is righteous by definition.
A weak state ends up with a foreign policy serving others’ interests.
The stimulus for change has come from both the US and Pakistan.
Divergent influences will shape and impact the trajectory of the future relationship.
The intelligentsia has not played its due role.
In Pakistan, primary stimulus for rise and fall of govts has nearly always been domestic.
The US and Pakistan have yet to understand each other.
There are many impediments to democracy.
Pakistan needs to develop an independent foreign policy but that will not happen without systemic changes at home.
The reality is that Pakistan cannot be ignored.
Afghanistan has faced one of the most devastating conflicts of our time, and Pakistan has suffered by becoming a crisis state.
Washington is obsessed, however valid its concerns may be, with competition with China.
Neither India nor Pakistan is now pushed about talking.
The Taliban are seeking a military solution.
Pakistan seems to be hoping for a reset in ties.
Conviction won’t solve America’s problems.
The US had lost its bearings long before Trump.
The US knows that engagement with Pakistan is necessary.