On July 28, Pakistan’s highest court ruled that corruption allegations disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from serving in office, forcing him to resign. Initially, all seemed to be going swimmingly with the transition to Sharif’s successor. But this is Pakistan, where politics are never tame.
The current tensions over North Korea have highlighted divergences between the U.S. and South Korea. As in Europe over Russia and in the Persian Gulf over Iran, the immediate neighbors of an aggressor state often have different interests than the U.S. And even when threat perceptions converge, policy preferences may not.