South Asia Monitor: The U.S. and South Asia: New Priorities, Familiar Interests - October 1, 2001
October 1, 2001
The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon turned U.S. South Asia policy temporarily upside down, bringing Pakistan to center stage and putting parts of the U.S.-India agenda on hold. In the medium term – after the military operation most observers expect to take place in Afghanistan – the U.S. agenda will become more complicated. Besides pursuing its long-term geopolitical interests, the United States will be trying to promote stability in the countries at the epicenter of the terrorism campaign. It will also need to deal with the incompatible agendas of its coalition partners.