In his latest piece for The Atlantic, ASP Fellow Joshua Foust examines how lethal US drone strikes in Pakistan pose a challenge to US efforts in improving relations with Pakistan.
“A recent Pew global poll suggests there is global opposition to the U.S drone campaign. More worryingly, however, is the decrease it shows in Pakistanis’ perceptions of the U.S.: 19 percent favorable under President Bush in 2008, but only 12 percent favorable under President Obama in 2012. Whatever the cause, the U.S. is losing the war of perception in Pakistan.
It’s not clear what can be done to stem America’s unpopularity. Policymakers don’t seem to think they have many options outside using drones to identify and kill suspected terrorists.”
Read the full article here.