Prospects for Peace in South Asia

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Prospects for Peace in South Asia addresses the largely hostile, often violent relations between India and Pakistan that date from their independence in 1947. The persistent conflict between the two neighboring countries over Kashmir has defied numerous international attempts at resolution and entered its most dangerous phase when both India and Pakistan became nuclear powers in 1998.

The struggle over Kashmir is enduringly rooted in national identity, religion, and human ...

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Overview

Prospects for Peace in South Asia addresses the largely hostile, often violent relations between India and Pakistan that date from their independence in 1947. The persistent conflict between the two neighboring countries over Kashmir has defied numerous international attempts at resolution and entered its most dangerous phase when both India and Pakistan became nuclear powers in 1998.

The struggle over Kashmir is enduringly rooted in national identity, religion, and human rights. It has also influenced the politicization of Pakistan's army, religious radicalism, and nuclearization in both countries. This incisive volume analyzes these forces, their impact on relations between the two countries, and alternative roles the United States might play in resolving the dispute. While acknowledging the risks, the book is optimistic about peace in South Asia. The key argument is that many of the domestic concerns (such as territorial integrity in both countries and civilian-military rapprochement in Pakistan) that were fueling the conflict have abated.

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"...the scholarship is impressive and analyses mostly free of bias."—Economic and Political Weekly
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Rafiq Dossani is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University's Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), and is responsible for developing and directing the South Asia Initiative. Henry Rowen, Director Emeritus of APARC, is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Management at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Islamic extremism and regional conflict in South Asia 19
3 Constitutional and political change in Pakistan : the military-governance paradigm 37
4 The practice of Islam in Pakistan and the influence of Islam on Pakistani politics 75
5 Pakistan's relations with Azad Kashmir and the impact on Indo-Pakistani relations 109
6 Who speaks for India? : the role of civil society in defining Indian nationalism 141
7 Hindu nationalism and the BJP : transforming religion and politics in India 185
8 Hindu ethnonationalism, Muslim jihad, and secularism : Muslims in the political life of the Republic of India 215
9 Jammu and Kashmir in the Indian Union : the politics of autonomy 239
10 The stability-instability paradox, misperception, and escalation-control in South Asia 261
11 Pakistan's nuclear doctrine 280
12 Coercive diplomacy in a nuclear environment : the December 13 crisis 301
13 U.S. interests in South Asia 326
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