Rivalries and geopolitics have become more complex.
Taliban’s Afghanistan won’t bring us economic or strategic benefits.
The policy has increasingly been made less out of concern for national interest and more by the leadership’s own priorities and pursuit of political power.
Geo-economics and geopolitics have merged.
The relationship is necessary but dependency is not. Pakistan must be a party to the terms of engagement, but should not promise what it cannot deliver for fear of losing aid.
No foreign policy taboo is sacred anymore.
Enmity does not require permission, but friendship is by mutual consent — something that both India and Pakistan have consistently lacked for the last several decades.
Our diplomatic space is shrinking.
Civilians and the military have taken turns to rule Pakistan, but the system, arguably, has remained the same, ‘unscathed’ by democracy.
The Afghans have been badly served by their rulers.
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.