The Trump administration has done it again, in its path to isolate the U.S. from traditional hotspots. And this time was the turn for Pakistan, as the White House just announced it was suspending financial aid for security assistance of an amount around of 2 billions of US dollars, putting it also under a special watch list for alleged violations of human rights and religious freedoms.
This move, undoubtedly will have geopolitical implications for the region, as Russia and especially China, have been gradually and consistently becoming main partners with Islamabad, as they have established important deals with the country, specifically leveraging on the energy, infrastructure and arms sales areas, displacing this way the U.S. from the region, involving also Afghanistan, which also has become a key partner of China.
Henceforth, as the islamic radicalism of ISIS and the Taliban appear to be reemerging again as a threat, this could be destabilising for interests of the White House and key allies in the zone, like India, which also has been and will be a key influencer in the geopolitical dynamics of the zone, specifically regarding Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In this sense, Pakistan becomes the latest country being cut off of military aid by Washington after Egypt, showing a visible trend of the current foreign policy at least in Asia and the MENA region, which is of exiting itself from conflicting hotspots and troublesome alliances, pursuing this way some kind of isolationism, but running the risk of leaving a void which is quickly being filled by Russia and China, and even Turkey, in this new geopolitical order.
From the prism of the current administration in the White House, which seems to be focusing heavily on the economic, political and social reforms in the domestic fields ( so far numbers and macroeconomic indicators reflect so in an important way), this recent move might be logic, prioritising internal issues, but this will definitely put the U.S. in a difficult position in the new geopolitical order where Russia and China are taking the lead, even in areas longstanding under the influence of the United States.
So, is this move convenient for Washington against Pakistan? Probably not, if we take into account its role against radical extremism and its position as a nuclear and military power in the region, along with its alliance with other key U.S. partner such as the KSA, along with the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan coupled with the expansion of chinese initiatives like the One Belt One Road (OBOR), the increasing russian arms sales to Islamabad and the growing energy deals with Russia, and now with an aggresive and assertive Iran in the region, altogether could leave the U.S. out of the geopolitical game in Eurasia in the short and medium term.