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The PAK-U.S. alliance in the fight against terrorism: a cost-benefit analysis

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Authors
Minhas, Raja Shahzad Akram
Khan, Fazal ur Rehman
Reyes Irizarry, Jose R.
Al-Rawashdeh, Khaldon Haya
Subjects
Pakistan-U.S. Relationship
Cost-Benefit
Fight against Terrorism
Global War on Terror
U.S. Assistance
Return on Investment
Fund Management
Micro-Alliance
Entrepreneurship
Game Theoretical Approach
Perceptions and Realities
Military-Centric Assistance
Population-Centric Approach
Strategic Partnership
Regional Balance of Power
Implications for Pakistan
Interest Alignment
Long-Term Objectives
Stability
Advisors
Looney, Robert E.
Date of Issue
2011-12
Date
December 2011
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The cost-benefit equation of the Pak-U.S. alliance, in the fight against terrorism, reflects a direct correlation between the fluctuating patterns of U.S. assistance and their direct and indirect implications for Pakistan. While the U.S. strives to achieve a better return on its investment through military-oriented support, Pakistan seeks to adopt an approach that suits both the U.S. and its own domestic and regional interests. This research traces the trend of Pak-U.S. relations, highlights the impact of the fluctuating U.S. aid in shaping perceptions, and provides a game theoretical analysis on the issue. Besides highlighting measures to achieve cost effectiveness through micro alliances, decentralization, accountability, and transparency in fund management, the study supports development of entrepreneurial culture and micro-alliances in Pakistan. More importantly, it provides an in-depth analysis of the military and population-centric approaches and their associated costs and benefits for the two countries. The research concludes by suggesting a more population-centric U.S. approach towards Pakistan to achieve a better return on investment besides laying foundation for a long-term strategic alliance. It suggests future research on the prospects and methodology of achieving a long-term partnership between the two nations.
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Defense Analysis (DA)
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xvi, 153 p. ; 28 cm.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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