The Pak-U.S. relations have been through many ups and downs throughout the history of
Pakistan. For most of the time during the cold war, relations remained either warm or normal
except for some short periods. The ties went down the slope after the cold war and towards the onset of the
twenty-first century. In addition to some drastic shifts in the regional and global political scenario, the incident
of 9/11 proved a watershed for Pak-U.S. ties as well. Pakistan's decision to stand with America and her allies
provided an opportunity for both the states to improve bilateral ties. Key challenges include, but not limited to,
issues of trust and coordination, the problems of strategic harmony and divergence of interests and varied
policies about arms and nuclear proliferation. Pak-U.S. relations have also been affected by their respective
relations with other states. From Pakistan's perspective, it is essential not only to identify points of convergence
and divergence with the United States but also to explore policy options to meet such challenges.
1-Sultan Mubariz Khan Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science & IR, University of Gujrat, Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan.2-Saiqa Hanif Associate Lecturer, Department of Political Science & IR, University of Gujrat, Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan.3-Shumaila Rafique Associate Lecturer, Department of Political Science & IR, University of Gujrat, Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan.