Some have said that the relationship between the United States and Pakistan is at a crossroads with the imminent withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan. What opportunities and challenges will this create for future relations between the two countries?
Sadia Sulaiman is an assistant professor at the Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South America, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. She has remained affiliated with GIZ, UNDP, DFID, CAMP and King’s College London to conduct various studies and consultancies on former FATA and Afghanistan. She is the author of Post-Conflict Reconstruction: From Extremism to Peaceful Co-Existence (SAGE, 2020). Her areas of interest are US foreign policy, post-conflict reconstruction, security sector reform, governance reform, state fragility and countering violent extremism with special focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Her forthcoming book Mainstreaming of Former FATA: Breaking the Conflict Trap analyzes the process of governance reforms in newly merged tribal districts of Pakistan.