The Past and Future of South Asian Crises

Click here to read Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories.

Two decades after India and Pakistan tested nuclear weapons, South Asia remains one of the most crisis-prone regions in the world with some of the highest levels of contested borders, militarized interstate disputes, and terrorist attacks. The potential costs of a new crisis escalating remain high.

The 2017 South Asia strategy review revealed the United States maintains high stakes in the region. South Asia hosts thousands of U.S. troops, with more on the way. It plays a critical node in the administration’s “Indo-Pacific” strategy. And early 2018 foreign policy statements indicate the subcontinent will continue to be high on the agenda.
Please join us for a discussion on the past and future of South Asian crises as well as evolving U.S. stakes in the region. The Stimson Center South Asia Program will launch its latest publication, Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories, edited by Sameer Lalwani and Hannah Haegeland. For over 25 years the Stimson Center has closely studied the cadence and dynamics of South Asian crises to better inform policymakers in New Delhi, Islamabad, and Beijing. In ten chapters, authors from China, India, Pakistan, and the United States continue that tradition with assessments of South Asian crisis behavior from 1987-2017 and related implications for the future of crisis management on the subcontinent.

Opening Remarks
Brian Finlay, President & CEO, Stimson Center

Keynote Address
Congressman Ami Bera, Vice Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee

Panel 1: Lessons Learned and Future Risks? Reflections from the Subcontinent
Ambassador Riaz Khan, former Foreign Secretary, Pakistan
Ambassador Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary, India
Polly Nayak, Independent Consultant
Sameer Lalwani, Senior Associate & Co-Director, South Asia Program, Stimson Center

Panel 2: How Do We Anticipate and Manage Crises? Approaches by Third Parties
Ambassador Richard Verma, former U.S. Ambassador to India
Yun Sun, Senior Associate, East Asia Program, Stimson Center
Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President, Asia Center, United States Institute of Peace
Hannah Haegeland, Research Analyst, South Asia Program, Stimson Center


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