Since December 2017, at least three North Caucasian battalions in Syria have returned to their bases. While details are murky, recent developments and statements indicate that this could be the beginning of a partial Russian drawdown in Syria.
Pakistan faces a multitude of challenges. Some regard Pakistan as a country in crisis. Whether Pakistan emerges from crisis or sinks deeper into it is of critical importance to the United States. This Policy Brief explores the sources of the "trust deficit" between the United States and Pakistan and recommends steps that the two governments can take to build an enduring partnership that serves their respective and common interests.