Neither Friend Nor Foe. The Possibility of Pakistani-Soviet Rapprochement.
Author(s)Ross, Russell R.
Contributor(s)LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC FEDERAL RESEARCH DIV
KeywordsGovernment and Political Science
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AbstractThis study assesses the possibility of rapprochement between Pakistan and the Soviet Union by examining the issues that have been impediments to cordial relations. It notes that the two sides have both unrealistic expectations in their relationship and limited options that they can exercise to compel acceptance of their demands. Therefore, it is likely that they will search for a compromise on the issues that divide them and that Pakistan will adjust to the new reality of the Soviet presence in South Asia by accepting an accommodation with Moscow. This accommodation is likely to be partial, as Islamabad seeks not to offend its other friends and to steer a narrow course between alignment with the Soviet union and the United States.