New Leadership Unlikely to Shift Priorities for Pakistan’s ISI

A demonstration to support Pakistan’s army in Karachi, Pakistan, April 26, 2014 (AP photo by Fareed Khan).
A demonstration to support Pakistan’s army in Karachi, Pakistan, April 26, 2014 (AP photo by Fareed Khan).
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Last week, Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar took over as head of Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). In an email interview, Frederic Grare, senior associate and director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s South Asia program, discussed the evolution of ISI. WPR: How have ISI’s strategic priorities changed over the past decade as a result of the changing security and political realities in Afghanistan and India? Frederic Grare: This kind of question is difficult to answer for two reasons: The internal functions of intelligence systems around the world are opaque by necessity, and the ISI is no exception; and […]

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