A new Council On Foreign Relations report concludes that the United States will need an adjusted, long-term commitment to Pakistan's tribal regions in order to bolster U.S. security and eliminate national and international terrorist networks.
"The security challenges of Pakistan's tribal areas lie at the center of broader regional and global threats to stability," the report by the council's Center For Preventive Action says.
"The best way to meet these challenges is through enhanced partnership with the political and security institutions of the Pakistani state, and the best way to improve this cooperation is by planning, organizing, and budgeting for a decades-long U.S. commitment to the region."
The report, Securing Pakistan's Tribal Belt, outlines the dangerous nature of terrorist insurgencies in Pakistan's tribal areas, formulates strategies for addressing these challenges, and distills these strategies into policy proposals for the next U.S. administration. The author of the report is former State Department official Daniel Markey, senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The report says the tribal belt along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan faces the challenges of "harsh geography, poor education, and scarce infrastructure."
At present, it concludes, "the Pakistani government lacks the political, military, or bureaucratic capacity to fix the tribal areas on its own."