South Asia

Grand Strategy in Pivotal Places

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

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”.

October 10, 2018 | EXPERT: Frank ODonnell

This submission addresses the call for evidence regarding the following questions: “What are India’s perceptions of the Global Britain strategy?”; What should be the main objectives for the UK’s future relationship with India?”; “How effective are the FCO and other parts of Government in building

October 9, 2018 | EXPERT: Jayita Sarkar

American nuclear nonproliferation policy is a combination of economic and security imperatives.

September 20, 2018

One year in to the administration’s South Asia strategy, the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program hosted Ambassador Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, to offer her reflections on the strategy and an assessment of the

July 27, 2018 | EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland

By Hannah Haegeland

July 25, 2018 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

By Sameer Lalwani  

June 29, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

After testing nuclear devices in 1998, Indian and Pakistani leaders genuinely believed — or stated for the record, while suspecting otherwise — that bringing bombs out of the basement would help make the region safer and more stable.

June 22, 2018 | EXPERT: Jayita Sarkar

As the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) turns 50 this summer, so will India’s refusal to accede to the Treaty on grounds that it is a biased legal instrument that divided the world into “nuclear haves” and “nuclear have-nots.” The year 2018 also commemorates 20 years since India’s five nucle
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