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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs

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Publication details for Professor Shaun Gregory

Gregory, Shaun (2014). The View Across the Durand Line: Pakistan’s Perspectives on Afghanistan, NATO Drawdown, and the Prospects for a Post-Transition Peace. Central Asian Affairs 1(1): 90-107.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

As the regional state with the greatest influence on Afghanistan, Pakistan is pivotal to the prospects for a smooth us/nato transition in Afghanistan and for a stable Afghanistan over the longer term. Despite this, Pakistan has been largely side-lined in us and Afghan efforts to engage the Taliban and find a negotiated peace. The explanations for this lie in part in the strained contemporary us-Pakistan relationship and in historic Afghan-Pakistan antipathy and mutual suspicion, the latter shaped decisively by Afghan-Indian relations. This paper considers the view from Islamabad and argues that Pakistan could be a more constructive player in Afghanistan if the West did more to recognise and accommodate Pakistan’s national interests and paid more attention to Pakistani prescriptions for security problem-solving. It argues for a moratorium on drone strikes and cautions the West not to disengage from Pakistan or subject it to punitive sanctions.

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