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Author: Michael L. Baker, International Affairs Fellow in Residence

September 7, 2010

As Pakistan continues to struggle with flood devastation, U.S. national security experts are considering the long-term effects of the disaster. Among the concerns are the Pakistan government's stability, opportunism by extremist groups providing relief, and the impact on the U.S. war effort in neighboring Afghanistan, where U.S. forces depend on smooth supply lines through Pakistan.

The case of Pakistan reflects how natural disasters can weigh on U.S. national security considerations.