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Issue Guide: Pakistan and U.S. Policy

Updated: January 13, 2009


Many foreign policy experts place Pakistan at the top of the most serious foreign policy issues facing the next U.S. president. A politically turbulent country with nuclear arms, Pakistan has an increasingly restive tribal region believed to host al-Qaeda's top leaders and Taliban forces that have revived their insurgency in neighboring Afghanistan. has compiled the following resources from the Council on Foreign Relations to trace the issues and outline policy prescriptions.

U.S.-Pakistan Relations:

Fighting Terrorism:

Nuclear Proliferation:

Democratic Challenges:

The Kashmir Dispute:

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