Publication details for Professor Shaun GregoryGregory, 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.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 2214-2282, 2214-2290
- DOI: 10.1163/22142290-00101007
- Further publication details on publisher web site
Author(s) from Durham
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.