For seven decades, Iranian-Pakistani relations have mixed elements of both competition and cooperation. Tensions arose from bilateral disputes, rivalry for regional influence, differing postures toward the United States, or the sectarian divide between majority-Sunni Pakistan and Shi'i Iran. But the two states have also cooperated in fields that are of strategic interest to the United States, including military-to-military assistance, nuclear proliferation, and support for militants that pose a threat to U.S. interests in West Asia. Understanding the depth and complexity of the ties between Tehran and Islamabad is important as the Trump administration and Congress reassess America's Iran policy and its counter-terrorism alliance with Pakistan.
Middle East Institute (MEI) Scholar Alex Vatanka's book, Iran and Pakistan: Security, Diplomacy and American Influence, elucidates the history, present state, and prospects for this crucial relationship. MEI is hosting the author, with discussant Amb. Teresita Schaffer, in a book talk and signing.
Date: June 14, 2017
When: 12:00 - 1:15 PM
Where: Middle East Institute