India, Pakistan, and the Kashmir Dispute: On Regional Conflict and its Resolution

India, Pakistan, and the Kashmir Dispute: On Regional Conflict and its Resolution

by Robert Wirsing
     
 

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Kashmir is the focal point of an acute regional dispute that has pitted India and Pakistan against one another ever since they gained their independence from Great Britain in 1947. Already, these bitter rivals have gone to war twice over Kashmir leaving the state physically divided and heavily militarized. The reasons for and possible resolutions of this dispute

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Kashmir is the focal point of an acute regional dispute that has pitted India and Pakistan against one another ever since they gained their independence from Great Britain in 1947. Already, these bitter rivals have gone to war twice over Kashmir leaving the state physically divided and heavily militarized. The reasons for and possible resolutions of this dispute are the themes of Wirsing's book Drawing on repeated field visits and wide-ranging interviews with government officials, political leaders, military officers and diplomats in both India and Pakistan, the author provides abundant new material on the Kashmir dispute's political, military, domestic and international dimensions. The book responds to mounting international concern about Kashmir with specific, step-by-step recommendations for breaking the existing diplomatic stalemate between India and Pakistan.

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Library Journal
The Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan has grown like a cancer for nearly 50 years. Its tangled origins, current animosities, and unlikely future emerge clearly in this work due to the firm control Wirsing exerts over his material. After providing an up-to-date history of the conflict, he examines how it affects the internal political scene of both nations. The study examines a new element to be considered-the rise of a Kashmiri Muslim separatist movement and its complicating impact on any possible resolution. From the viewpoint of a political scientist, Wirsing lists the possible options and formats for settlement and follows with possible resolutions. He closes with the impression that no morally right solution exists that would be satisfactory to any of the parties. Wirsing's finely balanced, well-documented, dispassionate study provides the best available examination of the Kashmir dispute. For informed readers.-John F. Riddick, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant
Booknews
Drawing on repeated field visits and wide ranging interviews with government officials, political leaders, military officers and diplomats in both India and Pakistan, the author provides new material on the Kashmir dispute's political, military, domestic and international dimensions together with specific recommendations for breaking the existing diplomatic stalemate. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312175627
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
12/01/1997
Edition description:
1998
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

Robert G. Wirsing is a Professor of International Studies at the University of South Carolina.

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