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Julia Thompson quoted in Bloomberg on India and Pakistan

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India and Pakistan’s top security officials will meet on Sunday to try and restart a peace dialogue that has repeatedly stalled due to terrorism and gun battles.

The worst border fighting in a decade soured ties just weeks after Narendra Modi met with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the first time in more than a year. At the July 10 meeting, Modi had agreed to become the first Indian prime minister since 2004 to visit Pakistan.

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Data compiled by Julia Thompson, a researcher at the Stimson Center in Washington, shows the two sides are violating a 2003 cease-fire in Kashmir nearly three times more frequently than they were in 2011.

“Recent events do increase tensions, and there is no clear mechanism in place for de-escalating a crisis,” she said.

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