The United States and Pakistan: The Evolution of an Influence Relationship
By Shirin Tahir-Kheli
Praeger, 1982, 167 pp
Two very useful books on the new strategic and political challenges facing American policymakers in Southwest Asia. In the first, Keith Dunn has an interesting analysis of the main constraint on Soviet policy in the region: "It involves a lack of friends and allies; a lack of guaranteed access to facilities; and a general dislike and distrust of not only the Soviet Union but the communist system. Therefore, the primary U.S. response to the Soviet threat must continue to be political . . . ." In the second book, Tahir-Kheli argues that the Soviet treaty with India and occupation of Afghanistan have now brought about a commonality of views in Washington and Islamabad. The regional threat of Soviet-backed moves in Southwest Asia is now a cause for genuine concern in both capitals, and this represents a basic difference from 1954, when Pakistan was focused almost entirely on India.