Competitive Security Dynamics in Southern Asia: Conflicts, Challenges, and Choices

The past six months have seen major disruptions in stability across southern Asia. As tensions in Kashmir continue to simmer, a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan is up for debate, and nationalist discourses gain traction in the region, all eyes are on the strategic dynamics in Southern Asia. This year–the 20th anniversary of the Kargil crisis between India and Pakistan–provides a natural point for reflection, particularly in light of the ripple effects of the February 2019 Balakot airstrikes. What lessons can we learn from the history of southern Asian crises and how are emerging regional dynamics likely to shape future scenarios going forward?


Prof. Feroz Hassan Khan, Naval Postgraduate School

Suhasini Haidar, Diplomatic Editor, The Hindu Newspaper

Nasim Zehra, author of From Kargil to the Coup: Events that Shook Pakistan

Vice Admiral (ret.) Vijay Shankar, Distinguished Fellow, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies

Rabia Akhtar, Member of Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs; Assistant Professor and Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Policy Research, University of Lahore.

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