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Rejuvenating the India-Pakistan Peace Process

Recorded on September 8, 2006

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

The July 11th train bombings in Mumbai, India have strained the India-Pakistan peace process and put in jeopardy progress made during two and a half years of sustained negotiations, including the opening of cross-border transport links, increased trade, and numerous people-to-people exchanges. What are the domestic constraints on both Pakistani President Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Singh in moving the peace process forward? How can the United States play a positive role in facilitating talks between these two important South Asian countries without directly mediating or jeopardizing our credibility with either country? If India and Pakistan resume their high-level dialogue, how can they strengthen the substance of their discussions and begin to address politically sensitive issues, such as the situation in Kashmir and extremist violence in the region?