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The Problems That Need Fixing in Obama’s Pakistan Plan
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The Problems That Need Fixing in Obama’s Pakistan Plan

Without a more focused effort to create incentives for democratic reform in Pakistan, the United States risks providing a lifeline to a dysfunctional system of government, writes Brian Katulis.

With Vice President Joseph Biden now in Pakistan and several top Pakistani officials in Washington for Richard Holbrooke’s memorial service this week, there’s an opportunity for the Obama administration to address a long-standing weakness of its policy in the region — the absence of a clear plan to leverage U.S. resources to support political and economic reforms in Pakistan. Certainly, the Obama administration has, in just two years, increased resources for both Pakistan and Afghanistan, but its current strategy suffers from two basic and encompassing flaws.

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 (Brian Katulis)

Brian Katulis

Senior Fellow