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U.S. and Pakistan Relations
Regarding foreign affairs, too often we enmesh ourselves in the minutiae of policy. We dissect this or that spending bill, or subcommittee hearing, or political speech, but with such a close level of examination we neglect the bigger picture. That's what we've done with U.S. foreign policy toward Pakistan.
We have gotten so far down in the weeds that we've overlooked whether we have an accurate understanding of the broader strategy. As I will discuss, since September 11th, the United States has misunderstood (3) fundamental elements about Pakistan:
1. Policymakers have underestimated how greatly leaders in Islamabad fear the rise of an India-leaning government in Kabul;