Pakistan is gearing up for new regional security dynamics that will inevitably follow the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan. In addition to solidifying historical ties with China, Islamabad is seeking to maintain relations with long-time Gulf ally, Saudi Arabia, while courting the increasingly influential regional power Iran, but balancing between the two rival nations will likely prove difficult.

Pakistan will find it challenging to maintain cordial relations with both Shiite-dominated Iran and Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia as those countries compete for pre-eminence in a region increasingly wracked by sectarian violence. Islamabad rebuffed Riyadh’s April 2015 request f...

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 Lisa Curtis
Beyond economics, another motive for Pakistan to support an Iran nuclear deal is its own desire to secure a nuclear deal with the US akin to the one Washington completed with India in 2008.
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