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Focus on the Greatest Danger

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Al Qaeda’s strength in remote areas of Pakistan forms the greatest threat to America’s security today.  But the Bush Administration has put its priority on Iraq, taking its eye off the ball, and allowing Al Qaeda to regroup and plot against the U.S. Instead of finding Bin Laden, or building a reliable ally in a volatile region, the U.S. pursued a one-dimensional policy focused on General Musharraf and poured billions of unaccountable, unmonitored military assistance dollars into the country.  We must shift our strategy to support Pakistan’s people, not just its military ruler, and help show that democracy and development can go together with effective counter-terrorism.
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AfPak Progress and Caution

Report 25 February 2010
Pakistan's unprecedented effort against Afghan Taliban within its borders comes following a year of Obama administration engagement.  This comprehensive approach -on counterterrorism but also Pakistan's development, defense and diplomatic priorities -has built greater cooperation between the two countries, particularly on regional counterterrorism issues.  However, caution is warranted:  Pakistan's interests will not always align with those of the U.S., and the Administration should not repeat its predecessor's failure by simply assuming a "friendly" Pakistani government will pursue U.S. interests.
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Prioritizing Pakistan for American Security

Report 17 February 2010
The joint-operation between the U.S. and Pakistan to capture the Afghan Taliban’s number two leader and military commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar highlights efforts by the Obama administration to prioritize Pakistan as part of an effective regional security approach global counterterrorism strategy.  Since taking office, the Obama administration has embarked on a steady campaign of military, diplomatic, and development measures to improve the tenor of U.S. – Pakistan relations, with broader regional and global counter terrorism goals driving this approach. 
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Landmark Aid Bill Advances a Comprehensive Strategy Toward Pakistan

Report 15 October 2009
With much public attention focused on troops in Afghanistan, the Administration and Congress have quietly worked together to forge and implement a new strategy toward Pakistan, whose challenges of extremist groups, poor governance, nuclear weapons, poverty and regional instability pose daunting challenges for the United States and our national security.As Congressional leaders move to ease these tensions, it is critical that the comprehensive strategy keep moving forward, as already exemplified by the work of Special Representative Richard Holbrooke, new support for Pakistan’s civilian authorities and the rule of law, and significant military progress by Pakistanis against the Taliban insurgency and US forces choking Al Qaeda’s ability to operate.
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Following Obama's Pressure, Pakistan Acts

Report 1 June 2009
Over a month has passed since Pakistani insurgents moved within 70 miles of Islamabad, posing what Richard Holbrooke described as an “extreme test,” not just for Pakistan’s government, but for the U.S. as well.
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The Roots of Pakistan’s Deterioration: Bush Looked Musharraf in the Eye

Report 6 May 2009
As President Obama meets today with Pakistani President Asif Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and the Pakistani Army prepares for a new offensive on the Swat Valley, there is little question that instability in Pakistan presents one of the most urgent threats facing the United States.  The priority must be on looking forward – supporting Pakistan’s governing institutions and its military in fighting the insurgency and helping stabilize the country. 
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Pakistan Descends

Report 23 April 2009
This crisis is critical to the security of the United States. Pakistan possesses nuclear weapons, has served as safe haven for al Qaeda and other international terrorist groups, has frequently gone to war with India, and holds some of the keys to U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. Yet despite Pakistan’s critical importance, we are only now emerging from eight years without a comprehensive Pakistan strategy.
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Instability in Pakistan

Report 18 March 2009
The United States faces few greater challenges than Pakistan – a nuclear power with 170 million people, a weak government and a terrorist safe haven in its Northwest areas. In recent weeks, the government of President Asif Ali Zaradari has faced challenges both from its political opponent Nawaz Sharif and from a civil society movement demanding the reinstatement of Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. However, the latest incident is another reminder of how dangerous and fragile Pakistan remains. To play a positive role and help stabilize Pakistan, the United States should work to strengthen Pakistani democracy, engage the region in diplomacy, condition security assistance, and increase development assistance.
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Crisis in Pakistan Demands Urgent U.S. Action

Report 25 February 2009
The Pakistani state is under threat not just from a growing insurgency, but from tremendous political and economic instability as well. The democratic government remains weak and the Pakistani economy teeters on the brink of default. To help stabilize Pakistan, the Atlantic Council recommends working to strengthen Pakistani democracy, engaging the region, conditioning security assistance, and increasing development assistance.
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Terror Plagues an Entire Region

Report 5 December 2008
It has become increasingly clear that many of the terrorists involved in last week's Mumbai attacks came from Pakistan and belonged to the Kashmir-focused terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). While it seems unlikely that there was any official knowledge or connection between the Pakistani government and these specific attacks, Pakistan does bear significant responsibility.
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A New Approach to Pakistan

Report 18 November 2008
The Center for American Progress has released a report highlighting the need for a strategic overhaul in the US relationship with Pakistan. It points toward a policy which recognizes the linked challenges presented by Pakistan, Afghanistan and India; broadens the US relationship with Pakistan beyond military and intelligence coordination; and supports good governance and the forces of democracy within Pakistan.
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