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What Do U.S.-Iran Tensions Mean For Pakistan?


The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 9)
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 9)

With U.S.-Iran relations in serious crisis, Pakistan finds itself in a uniquely vulnerable position. It has significant relationships with Tehran’s U.S. and Saudi rivals. It has a large Shia population that may exceed 30 million. And it shares a border with Iran.

What does the U.S.-Iran confrontation mean for Islamabad, and how does it affect Pakistan’s stated position of neutrality in the Saudi-Iranian rivalry?

This edition of the AfPak File focuses on these questions and more. The guests are Daud Khattak, senior editor for Radio Mashaal at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; Fatemeh Aman, non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council; Alex Vatanka, senior fellow at the Middle East Institute; and Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center. Muhammad Tahir, media manager with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, serves as moderator.

AfPak File Podcast: What Do U.S.-Iran Tensions Mean For Pakistan?
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