The United States ' Relationship With Pakistan Governed, Guided And Validated By?

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Research Question: What is the United States’ Relationship with Pakistan governed, guided and validated by? The world’s general trend towards globalization and capitalism has shifted the way the United States interacts with the rest of the world. This is especially true when it comes to the U.S.’s interactions with countries often classified as the “Middle East.” Pakistan, a nation still finding its bearings not more than half a century into its existence, is one of the nations who has mistakenly, or strategically, gotten caught up with the United States in the “Middle East.” Geographically speaking, Pakistan is Southeast Asia, and not the Middle East. Yet, its cultural, social and economic ties to the Middle Eastern nations makes it…show more content…
Meanwhile the Soviets conducted their operations from within Afghanistan’s borders. “Following the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Pakistani government played a vital role in supporting the Afghan resistance movement and assisting Afghan refugees. Pakistan was the base for the United States to conduct its anti-Soviet operations, training and arming the Afghan resistance groups, besides offering shelter to the refugees that fled the country after the Soviet invasion (Foreign Relations, 2013).” Ever since the Cold War Afghani and Pakistani tensions have only become more hostile. “Prior to the 1979 Soviet invasion, the government and people of Afghanistan historically had warm relations with India. Following India’s Independence from Great Britain and Partition, Afghanistan saw India as an ally in its increasingly bitter and occasionally militarized dispute with Pakistan over the inclusion of ethnic Pashtuns in the new state of Pakistan. India, like the Soviet Union, extended diplomatic and moral support to Afghanistan in its irredentist quarrel with Pakistan.38 A natural convergence of interests was inevitable between India and Afghanistan as both states realized that they had a common problem in border relations with Pakistan: Afghanistan over Pashtunistan and India over Kashmir (Yadav, 2011).” Not too long after the Cold War, the United States and the world at large was
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