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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Getting stuff in and out of Afghanistan

I'm not sure who Dr Farrukh Saleem of the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) is, but he very plainly sets out the case why the United States needs Pakistan for its endeavor in Afghanistan:

To be certain, neither Tajikistan nor Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Belarus, or Latvia would bite on American beef unless Russia tells them to -- not unless the Medvedev-Putin duo tells them to. Russia wants America to sign the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty I when it expires on December 5, 2009. Russia wants America to halt Russian encirclement through NATO expansion. Russia wants America to leave Georgia and Ukraine under Russian influence. Russia wants America to halt deployment of Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) in Poland and the Czech Republic.
On the other hand, America wants Russia to let military supplies through territories under Russian influence all the way to Bagram. America wants Russia to pressurise Iran to rollback its nuclear ambitions. America wants Russia to direct Kyrgyzstan to revoke the eviction notice that the US has received on Manas Air Base (Manas was opened in December 2001; supported US military operations in Afghanistan; 180-day eviction notice delivered to the US embassy in Astana on February 20).
It appears that Russia, at this stage, is not willing to trade off its relationship with Iran in return for a freeze on BMD by America. And, America is not willing to trade off NATO's raison d'etre for a supply route through Russian influenced territories.

As of yet, he hasn't set out how he thinks Pakistan's border with Afghanistan should be made safe.

Posted by Marie at April 5, 2009 11:53 AM


very interesting. looking forward to more of his writings.

Posted by: t-rexx at April 5, 2009 6:31 PM

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