Readmitting Pakistan.


In today's complex and interconnected world, even the bitterest enemy states cannot live without maintaining some communication. Today's foes can become tomorrow's best friends only to perpetuate their respective interests. The same is true in the case of the relations between the United States (US) and Pakistan. The robust bilateral ties between the two states went sore only after the American frustration with its inability to win the 'war on terror' in Afghanistan. While Washington blamed Pakistan for its failure in Afghanistan, Islamabad rejected the US allegations that the US President Donald Trump made on his New Year tweet. So, what factors explain the US decision of resuming Pakistan's participation in the International Military Education and Training Program (IMET?

The single most important factor that explains the resumption of Pakistan's participation in the IMET is Islamabad's decisive role in facilitating the peace talks between the US and the Afghan Taliban. While many may see it as an opportunity to increase bilateral cooperation, Pakistan should not see...

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