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Kashmir – an issue over which nuclear-armed India and Pakistan have fought two full-fledged wars and experienced several military crises – is once again on the boil. This summer’s unrest in Kashmir – which has claimed at least 100 civilian lives since June -- contrasts with the bloody insurgency throughout the 1990s in which bands of militants, mostly with Pakistani backing, engaged Indian security forces on a regular basis.
India’s Home Minister P. Chidambaram led an all-party delegation to the region last week and put forward a plan to address Kashmiri grievances, including dialogue with Kashmiri political and youth groups and a review of the heavy Indian security force presence in the state. Will New Delhi’s proposals help kick-start a genuine peace process in the region? What about Pakistan’s role? And how should the U.S. respond, given its interest in heading off a potential crisis in South Asia, already a tinderbox following Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba’s massacre in Mumbai two years ago?
More About the Speakers
Ambassador Howard B. Schaffer
Director of Studies, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and author of The Limits of Influence: America's Role in Kashmir
Dr. Walter Anderson
Associate Director of the South Asia Studies Program
School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center
The Heritage Foundation
Director, Asian Studies Center