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U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Assassination, Instability, and the Future of U.S. Policy

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Publication Date: February 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Lisa Curtis

Series: Heritage Lecture

Topic: Government (Foreign relations)

Keywords: Asia and the Pacific; terrorism; nuclear weapons; democracy

Type: Speech

Coverage: Pakistan


The dramatic events in Pakistan during the last 10 months, including the assassination of two-time Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, cast doubt on the future stability of the country. The U.S. should refrain from cutting military assistance and develop a forward-looking strategic approach to improving U.S.-Pakistan counterterrorism cooperation in these areas.