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

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

June 21, 2018 | EXPERT: Hamza Shad , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

By Sameer Lalwani and Hamza Shad   A Brief History

June 14, 2018 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

By Sameer Lalwani   While Sino-Indian friction will continue, relations have improved from last year’s low, and a border standoff seems unlikely for three reasons: learning, national self-interest, and drifting U.S.-India relations.

May 30, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon , EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

We are pleased to announce the release of a special video series, “Retrospectives on India and Pakistan’s May 1998 Nuclear Tests,” to mark the 20th anniversary of the subcontinent’s overt nuclearization.

May 30, 2018 | EXPERT: Heather Byrne , EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

In May 1998, India detonated five nuclear devices in the Thar Desert, crossing the threshold from a nuclear-capable to a nuclear-armed state. Indian Prime Minister A.B.

May 29, 2018 | EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

Earlier this year, the Trump administration suspended most security assistance, including Coalition Support Funds (CSF), to Pakistan and led the charge to place th

May 28, 2018 | EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

By Travis Wheeler

May 8, 2018 | EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

In this article for Pakistan Politico, Sameer Lalwani and Hannah Haegeland review their edited volume, Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories, which is freely available at crises
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