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'The Divorce' - Why The U.S.-Pakistan Marriage Of Convenience Is Over

Analysis: The 10-year alliance between the US and Pakistan has always been shaky. But a year of bitter disputes have put the final nail in their partnership, leaving Pakistan to set out in search of new "friends," including age-old rival

A US army helicopter flies through Pakistan's Swat valley in 2010  (expertinfantry)
A US army helicopter flies through Pakistan's Swat valley in 2010 (expertinfantry)
Fredric Bobin

ISLAMABAD - We shouldn't be afraid of the word "divorce": the U.S.-Pakistan relationship is over. The two countries, allied in the war on terror for a decade after the Sep. 11 attacks, are now rethinking their relationship after a year of endless disputes. Their new relationship isn't antagonistic. But it's no longer an alliance, a term used to describe that special friendship where countries unite their security interests.

This shift is very important. Pakistan is playing a key role in the Afghan war and will be essential to any future peace scenario. By redeploying its diplomacy away from the United States towards new partners, Pakistan will also be changing the regional balance of power. A new geopolitical map of South Asia is in the works, more diverse and complex and probably more unpredictable as well.

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