The conflict in Afghanistan remains the focal point of the fragile and sometimes antagonistic security partnership between the United States and Pakistan. A potential political settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan and withdrawal of U.S. troops will mark a transition in this delicate relationship. Violence has plummeted over the last decade in major cities such as Karachi, but sectarian movements and terror groups are once again gaining traction in the country. The security situation in Pakistan’s tribal areas also remains tense despite their merger with the rest of the country. How will a Pakistani counterterrorism landscape that is increasingly urban, police-led, and affected by sectarian conflict shape the U.S.-Pakistan security relationship?
Join what promises to be a discussion that delves into significant yet underexplored issues in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship with Shamila Chaudhary of the American Pakistan Foundation and New America who served in the White House as Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan on the National Security Council from 2010-2011, Dr. Zoha Waseem who is a postdoctoral research fellow at University College London and expert on counterterrorism and policing in urban areas, and Dr. Asfandyar Mir who is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University with a focus on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency in South Asia. The conversation will be moderated by Adam Weinstein who is a research fellow at the Quincy Institute.
The panel will take place on Tuesday, October 20 at 2 pm ET.