Afghanistan Essays

The Afghanistan Essays | Conflict in Afghanistan: Behind the Pak-US Disconnect

This 2018 short-essay series by the Jinnah Institute (JI) reflects a range of Pakistani thought leadership on Afghanistan and it’s complex history with Islamabad. With the region in the current crosshairs of a seemingly intractable conflict, these essays attempt to spur old and new thinking on the history of Pakistan’s relationship with Afghanistan and existing challenges. The essays cover a range of subject matter on Afghanistan-Pakistan including efforts for peace and reconciliation, threats to security, the broader geopolitical dynamic, and the role of civil society and economy.

This essay titled ‘Conflict in Afghanistan: Behind the Pak-US Disconnect’ examines the widening disconnect between Washington and Islamabad on the conflict in Afghanistan. It delves into emerging strategic divergences and explores possible albeit narrow pathways for cooperation on reconciliation.