Debate Club

Is Pakistan a Reliable Ally?

Is Pakistan a Reliable Ally?

Diplomatic partners since Pakistan came into existence, the United States and the south Asian country have pursued a number of key interests together. Pakistan facilitated a U.S.-backed expulsion of the Soviets from the region, the United States sent humanitarian assistance to Pakistan in times of natural disasters, and most recently, Pakistan has been a crucial ally for the United States in its “War on Terror.” However, the U.S.-Pakistani relationship has shown signs of strain, with many Americans doubting Pakistan’s commitment to eradicating the Taliban from Afghanistan. As the United States supplies billions of dollars in economic and military aid, evidence has surfaced that Pakistan supports anti-American insurgents. The killing of Osama bin Laden is a vivid example of Pakistani-U.S. tensions­—Pakistan objected to the secret U.S. raid launched within its borders while the United States was dismayed that the terrorist behind the 9/11 attacks lived comfortably in a Pakistani military town. Pakistani officials resist allegations that they are not cooperating with the United States while diplomats continue to navigate the volatile relationship. Here is the Debate Club’s take on whether the United States can consider Pakistan a reliable ally:


The Arguments

#1
48 Pts
Pakistan Neither Ally Nor Enemy

No – Pakistan Neither Ally Nor Enemy

Lisa Curtis Fellow at Heritage Foundation

#2
29 Pts
U.S.-Pakistan Goals Diverge

No – U.S.-Pakistan Goals Diverge

Teresita Schaffer Former U.S. Ambassador and Co-author of 'How Pakistan Negotiates With the United States: Riding the Roller Coaster'

#3
26 Pts
Pakistan Does Not Respond to U.S. Pressure

No – Pakistan Does Not Respond to U.S. Pressure

Malou Innocent Foreign Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute

#4
8 Pts
Pakistan Is 'Too Big To Fail'

No – Pakistan Is 'Too Big To Fail'

Brian Katulis Fellow at the Center for American Progress

#6
-16 Pts
In Larger Scheme, Pakistan Cooperates

Yes – In Larger Scheme, Pakistan Cooperates

Wendy Chamberlin Former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan


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