With one-fifth of Pakistan under water (greater than the size of England), more than 1,500 dead, and 6 million homeless, torrential rains continue to haunt the southeast Asian nation and threaten both its fragile democracy and its touchy relationship with the United States. In a BU Today interview, Pakistani-born international relations Professor Adil Najam, director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, says Americans should think of the Pakistan floods as “Katrina on steroids” and open their hearts to the victims. He also says it’s an opportunity to improve U.S.-Pakistan relations.
“The U.S.-Pakistan relationship is based on mutual distrust … The way to build that trust is to show real compassion and real humanity. If we do it out of strategic intent only, we will end exactly where we began: at a transactional relationship. If we do it out of real compassion, then maybe, just maybe, we could actually turn this relationship on its head and make it one based on real trust.”
Najam’s blog, “All Things Pakistan,” includes a list of humanitarian agencies where people can donate to the Pakistan relief effort.
Contact Adil Najam, 617-358-4000, firstname.lastname@example.org