US-Pak Relations: What has Changed? What hasn’t? and What is unlikely to Change?

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NIAS Strategic Forecast No. 21 | Author: D Suba Chandran | January 2018

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To cite: D Suba Chandran. “US-Pak Relations: What has Changed? What hasn’t? and What is unlikely to Change?,” NIAS Strategic Forecast No. 21. Bangalore: International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, January 2018.


Trump’s New Year tweet on January was almost an ultimatum asking Pakistan to take certain actions towards Afghanistan and the militants groups in the Af-Pak region.

The American threat of “do more” is not a new one; during the last few years, one could see a trend and a déjà vu in the US threats towards Pakistan and the response by the latter. The Trump administration issued a similar threat a few months earlier, followed by attempting to work with Pakistan “one last time”.

However, the threat issued by Trump through a tweet seems to be different. There was a follow up action to the Trump threat; the US administration announced suspending the aid across-the-board.

How far will the US administration go this time in forcing Pakistan to do more? What has changed? And what has not? And what is not likely to?

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About the Author: D. Suba Chandran is a Professor at the ISSSP, NIAS. He works on J&K, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

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