For Help in America’s Longest War, Trump Tilts Political Balance Toward India Over Pakistan

By Mark Mazetti and Salmon Masood

Three American presidents have spent nearly 16 years alternately cajoling, coaxing, threatening and bombing Pakistan, all with a goal of trying to change the Pakistani government’s decisions about the factions it supports in Afghanistan’s desperate civil war. The latest of those, President Trump, tried a different approach during his speech on Monday night August 21. After chastising Pakistan for harboring militants and terrorists, he called on India — Pakistan’s archrival — to flex its economic influence in Afghanistan to help stabilize the country.

Read the full New York Times article, including commentary by Barnett Rubin, CIC Associate Director,here.

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Aug 23, 2017
Barnett Rubin