Asif Ali Zardari is the top man in the country now. Obviously, nation-state interests will change very little–if at all–but the United States had better be preparing on how to deal with Zardari. Pakistan will remain something of a powder keg for the foreseeable future; there was a suicide bomb attack outside of Peshawar just today and with the continued presence of al Qaeda in the country and tensions between Pakistan and India threatening to flare up to dangerous levels from time to time, the region will need expert attention from American policymakers.
It would be nice if we got some commentary regarding the state of affairs in Pakistan from the people on the campaign trail. Alas, thus far, there hasn’t been all that much of that.