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

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.

December 28, 2018 | EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland

Last month, the world paused to remember the tenth anniversary of 26/11 — the 2008 attack launched by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, in a series of carefully planned and orchestrated attacks.

December 10, 2018 | EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland

Ten years ago, the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyabba (LeT) launched an assault on Mumbai that lasted three days and was broadcast live on television.

December 4, 2018 | EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland

China’s stakes and vulnerabilities in South Asia have grown. U.S. leaders should make use of this.

November 30, 2018 | EXPERT: Emily Tallo , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

On the week of the 10th anniversary of the Mumbai terrorist massacre, the bilateral cooperation between India and Pakistan to open a 

November 7, 2018

By Zafar Khan Editors’ note:

October 24, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

The Trump administration's diplomatic strategy toward South Asia, as enumerated in its December 2017 National Security Strategy, places a high priority in seeking “a Pakistan that is not engaged in destabilising behaviour and a stable and self-reliant Afghanistan”.
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