Is the US quietly building up a Baluchistani nationalist movement? Maybe – what?
Baluch (also Baloch) peoples can be found across a spread of central Asian nations (see map to right). They are significant minorities in both Iran and Pakistan.
For US policy, encouraging Baluch nationalism could undermine one opponent (Iran) while maybe setting up a more controllable local authority over oil routes (Afghanistan->Indian Ocean).
(map via Wikipedia)