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Talking Tough to Pakistan

How to End Islamabad's Defiance

Author: Stephen D. Krasner
January/February 2012
Foreign Affairs


The United States gives Pakistan billions of dollars in aid each year. Pakistan returns the favor by harboring terrorists, spreading anti-Americanism, and selling nuclear technology abroad. The bribes and the begging aren't working: only threats and the determination to act on them will do the job. Washington must tell Islamabad to start cooperating or lose its aid and face outright isolation.

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