The US foreign policy for South Asia has generally
remained zero-sum for India and Pakistan. While
Pakistan joined US camp immediately after independence and during
the period of cold war remained part of the US alliance system and frontline state in the defeat of communism and now War on Terrorism. On
the contrary, the US adopted a different approach towards India in
terms of strategic partnership and different nuclear-related cooperation.
US National Security Strategy of January 2018 has reprioritized national
security preferences where India has been granted great status as a
potential competitor of China and Pakistan has been marginalized to
terrorist-related issues. The US foreign policy in its current form is
perceived to be a destabilizing factor as it gives leverage to India at the
cost of Pakistan. This article unveils the cardinal aspects of US foreign
policy towards South Asia and its potential implications of Pakistan.
1-Waseem Ishaque: Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, Pakistan.2-Aman Ullah: Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan.3-Fazal Noman: Ministry of Defence, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Foreign Policy, South Asia, Power Politics, National Interests