Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

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Pakistan and the War on Terror: Conflicted Goals, Compromised Performance

Ashley J. Tellis

January 2008

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


The United States must shift its counterterrorism policy towards Pakistan away from a reciprocal approach—requiring Islamabad to perform desirable actions to receive support—towards one encouraging Pakistan to enact effective counterterrorism policies, not for an immediate payoff, but to strengthen institutionalized trust with the U.S. over time, according to a new report from the Carnegie Endowment.