South Asia

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South Asia

Stimson’s South Asia Program seeks to foster strategic stability in the region by conducting innovative analysis of competitive dynamics and future risks, empowering rising strategic analysts, carrying out field research, creating new forums for India-Pakistan and broader regional engagement, supporting confidence-building and nuclear risk-reduction measures, and promoting constructive U.S. security initiatives in South Asia.

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Research and Analysis

May 31, 2019 | EXPERT: Frank ODonnell

This review article considers three significant volumes recently published in the field of Southern Asian security studies. These consist of Not War, Not Peace?

May 22, 2019 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

Sameer Lalwani contributed a chapter to an April 2019 report from the German Marshall Fund US, Mind the Gap: National Views of The Free and Open Indo-Pacific. 

May 1, 2019 | EXPERT: Eyal Hanfling , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

In February 2019, the threat of war in South Asia appeared imminent for the first time in over a decade. For the first time since 1971, India and Pakistan traded cross-border airstrikes; they also engaged in conventional clashes not seen since the 1999 Kargil War.

April 29, 2019 | EXPERT: Akriti Vasudeva , EXPERT: Emily Tallo , EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani , EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

The Stimson Center, in collaboration with the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, hosted a workshop on nuclear effects in South Asia in Colombo, Sri Lanka from February 23-25, 2018.

April 17, 2019 | EXPERT: Emily Tallo , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

With voting underway in India’s general election, February’s Kashmir conflict is likely to weigh on the minds of voters, especially given last week’s social media uproar over the reported downing of a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet during the crisis.

April 10, 2019 | EXPERT: Heather Byrne , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

WITH the third meeting within a year of the quadrilateral security dialogue, or ‘Quad’, between officials from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, bullish analysis suggests the Quad is a formation that is evolving but enduring.

March 27, 2019 | EXPERT: Emily Tallo

After more than 40 Indian paramilitary forces died as a result of a suicide attack in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, many analysts swiftly declared Indian retaliation inevitable.

March 12, 2019 | EXPERT: Frank ODonnell , EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

On March 12, 2019, the Stimson South Asia program organized a side session at the 2019 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference: "20 Years After Kargil: The Futu

March 5, 2019 | EXPERT: Frank ODonnell

On 14 February 2018, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide car bomber attacked an Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force convoy in the Pulwama area of India-governed Kashmir.

March 5, 2019

On 14 February 2018, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide car bomber attacked an Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force convoy in the Pulwama area of India-governed Kashmir.

February 20, 2019 | EXPERT: Emily Tallo , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

Nearly 20 years after India and Pakistan clashed in the heights of Kargil — only the second time in history nuclear-armed rivals fought a hot war — the two South Asian rivals have once again found themselves careening toward conflict over Kashmir.

February 19, 2019 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

The sound you are about to hear is India administering a black eye to Pakistan after a string of attacks in Kashmir. You can then expect the Pakistan military to give its “befitting response.” And then what?

February 4, 2019 | EXPERT: Frank ODonnell

India is developing new nuclear force options in response to what it perceives as a deteriorating strategic environment.
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