The Problem of Pakistan: Stop-and-start attention to Pakistan by the U.S. may have done more harm than good
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Author(s): Cecile Shea
Keywords: Al-Qaeda; Pakistan
If any nation needs highly trained, superbly equipped police, it is Pakistan. Almost all the world’s arrests of important Al-Qaeda leaders have taken place there. There is one U.S.-funded police training school in Pakistan, and it is the only one of its caliber in Pakistan, a country of 168 million people. During the past forty years, the U.S. engagement with Pakistan has been sporadic and often focused on short-term goals, ultimately failing to help the country develop long-term capacities in key areas.