US, India share belief that Pakistan is a problem for both: American expert

A leading American expert has said that India and the United States have a shared belief that Pakistan is a problem for both the countries, even if they have long disagreed about how best to manage this problem.
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India TV News Desk New Delhi December 10, 2016 13:01 IST

A leading American expert has said that India and the United States have a shared belief that Pakistan is a problem for both the countries, even if they have long disagreed about how best to manage this problem.

In an article, Dr Christine Fair, Associate Professor at the Georgetown University, further said that both India and US should work together to minimize the ever-present dangers posed by Pakistan.

“ Given the unpredictability of the president-elect (Donald Trump), the above-noted threats should be compelling to Pakistan,” Dr Christine Fair wrote in an article for warontherocks.com. 

She added that the clear demonstration that the United States sees its future with India will do much to reassure those Indian sceptics who find American behaviour with respect to Pakistan ‘baffling’.

"The Indian and American governments have numerous working groups in place to strengthen the relationship substantively across a broad array of activities," she said.

Cautioning the incoming Trump administration, Dr Fair said that the zeal to undo some of the Obama legacy may be tempting, but this dismantling of some of the institutions that both countries have built over the last eight years would be devastating to this genuinely bipartisan policy success.

"Instead, the incoming administration should appoint career diplomats to key posts and draw from their expertise and follow their lead. In fact, if the administration is focused upon managing the Afghan meltdown and taming the terrorist beast that is Pakistan, much good will may flow from Delhi," she added.

"The main task for the incoming administration in India is "Do no harm. India watchers can live with that,” she said.

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