Naval War College Review


Amer Latif


Five years into the U.S.-led global war on terror, Pakistan remains a corner- stone of U.S. strategy in defeating the Taliban and rooting out al-Qa‘ida. De- spite the importance of Pakistan, it is a country that poses challenges for the United States. A key challenge is the dominant role of the military, which seeks to balance its commitments as a valuable U.S. partner with its role as a guardian of the country’s Islamic identity through its close relationship with Pakistan’s religious establishment. How Pakistan manages these commit- ments has serious implications for U.S. policy.