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.


Research and Analysis

October 21, 2019 | EXPERT: Heather Byrne , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

After India re-elected Narendra Modi as Prime Minister in May 2019 in a landslide victory, President Trump congratulated him, tweeting that “great things are in store for the US-India partnership with the return of PM Modi at the helm.” In June, Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver ech

September 30, 2019 | EXPERT: Frank ODonnell

This talk was given as part of the Naval War College's public engagement, on inadvertent and accidental escalation risks in contemporary Southern Asia.

September 17, 2019 | EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland

As China expands its investments around the world, its incentives to foster and promote stability grow, as does its third-party leverage to influence state behavior.

August 27, 2019 | EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland

随着中国在全球投资的扩大,其孕育和促进稳定的激励机制也逐步增强,其影响国家行为的第三方杠杆也越来越大。"一带一路"倡议(BRI)是中国全球地缘政治和经济扩张的核心机制,从中国贯穿西亚和印度洋一直延伸到非洲和欧洲。像BRI这样的广泛的经济联系倡议使中国面临新的风险,这引发了一个问题,即中国在促进和平与稳定方面的利益是否或如何改变。南亚次大陆是中巴经济走廊(CPEC)所在地, CPEC 是BRI投资项目的国家旗舰项目,该次大陆提供了一个案例研究——这些新投资和其伴随的风险对于中国这一潜在中介者在调解国与国争端中的角色意味着什么。

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.
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