Kashmir in the Shadow of War: Regional Rivalries in a Nuclear Age / Edition 1

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Wirsing (Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu) offers his interpretation of the political and military circumstances in South Asia since the Indians and Pakistanis conducted back-to-back tests of nuclear explosives in May 1998. Though he focuses narrowly on the Kashmir dispute between the two countries, he has a broader concern to contribute to the ongoing debate about the entire region's strategic future. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765610904
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/21/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 The Problem of Regional Rivalry: The "Nuclearization" of the Kashmir Dispute 13
Regional Diplomacy - The Revival of India-Pakistan Talks 17
Composite Dialogue: The "Two Plus Six" Formula 18
"Bus Diplomacy" and the Lahore Declaration 19
Back-Channel Diplomacy and the "Chenab Plan" 25
Nuclear Brinkmanship on the Line of Control 36
Roots of Kargil 37
Kargil and Nuclear Deterrence 49
Toward Dialogue - Cease-Fire Diplomacy and the Agra Summit 58
War on Terrorism - Common Cause Against Osama and the Taliban? 63
Nuclear Stalemate Over Kashmir 67
2 The Problem of Global Intervention: The "Internationalization" of the Kashmir Dispute 79
Global Diplomacy - The "Virtual" Mediation of Kargil 81
The Washington Joint Statement 82
Kashmir on the International Agenda - Reticence to the Rescue 86
Great Power Disarray 89
Indian Regional Dominance 91
Kashmir in American Foreign Policy - Taking Sides? 92
India vs. Pakistan: From Clinton to Bush 108
In Afghanistan's Shadow - The Deepening Contradictions to Kashmir 117
Pakistan: Frontline Ally or Axis of the Islamic Jehad? 122
3 The Problem of Religious Identity: Faultline Politics in a Disputed Territory 137
Faultline Politics I - Religion in Kashmiri Identity 141
Kashmir's Ethno-Religious Diversity 142
The Culture of Kashmiriyat 146
Faultline Politics II - Religion in Kashmiri Separatism 151
Debating Separatism's Roots: Secular Forces 152
Debating Separatism's Roots: Religious Forces 157
Faultline Politics III - Religion in State Strategies Toward Kashmir 168
Religion in Pakistan's State Strategy 168
Religion in India's State Strategy 181
India: Nationalizing or Supranational State? 181
4 The Problem of Conflict Resolution: The Autonomy Puzzle 193
Autonomy's Global Appeal 196
Autonomy for Kashmir? 202
The Autonomy Committees' Reports 204
Autonomy - The Way Forward? 210
Beyond Autonomy 217
Bilateralism's Infirmities 219
Outlines of a Multilateral Strategy 224
Conclusion 231
Notes 245
Index 276
About the Author 286
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