Building confidence between the U.S. and Pakistan

Although Pakistan's civilian government and military establishment are closely allied with the United States in efforts to stop Al Qaeda, relations between the two countries are fraught with a lack of confidence and miscommunication, creating major obstacles to achieving shared goals writes Lisa Schirch, Director of the 3D Security Initiative. Moving toward population-centric security may require coordination between U.S. and Pakistani agencies–especially the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's equivalent of the Central Intelligence Agency, and discontinuing detested drone attacks in highly populated areas, writes Schirch.