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Policy Memo
For the last 20 years, the United States has mostly overlooked its divergences with India in multilateral forums as the relationship paid economic, strategic, and political dividends bilaterally, whereas the costs of divergences at the multilateral level were negligible. In spite of such exceptionalism enjoyed by New Delhi, U.S. diplomats at all levels reminded their Indian counterparts that India’s “obstinate role [at the UN] was increasingly at odds with our emerging strategic proximity.”
Published April 15, 2021


Policy Memo
With multilayered and long-standing ties to Afghanistan, Pakistani political actors on the Af-Pak border have an important role to play in Afghanistan’s peace process.
Published April 14, 2021


Op-Ed
This article was originally published in War On The Rocks.
Published March 29, 2021


Op-Ed
This article was originally published in War On The Rocks.
Published February 26, 2021


Commentary
This article was originally published in The Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs.
Published January 15, 2021


Op-Ed
This article was originally published in The Diplomat.
Published November 11, 2020


Book
An in-depth analysis of India’s premier professional military education institution with implications for Indian military strategy
By David Smith Author
Published September 30, 2020


Event
Speakers David O. Smith is a Distinguished Fellow with the Stimson Center (South Asia Program) and an independent consultant to Sandia National Laboratories on issues related to South Asia. The former Senior Country Director for Pakistan in the Departm …

The Wellington Experience: A Study of Attitudes and Values Within the Indian Army Read More »

Published September 14, 2020 / Held October 1, 2020


Op-Ed
This article was originally published by Foreign Policy and was co-authored by Sumit Ganguly
By Frank O’Donnell Co-Author
Published August 28, 2020


Event
Speakers: Happymon Jacob, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University Sameer Lalwani, Director, Stimson Center South Asia Program  Tamanna Salikuddin, Director, South Asia Programs, United States Institute of Peace (moderator) Read Sameer Lal …

The Kashmir Conflict: A Year of Tumult Read More »

Published August 12, 2020 / Held August 20, 2020


Report
On August 5, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian government sought to arrest a thirty-year insurgency with an unprecedented change to the country’s constitution to revoke autonomy provisions for the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), s …

India’s Kashmir Conundrum Read More »

By Sameer Lalwani Co-Author
Published August 5, 2020


Op-Ed
This article was originally published in the Washington Post
Published August 5, 2020


Stimson in the News
Akriti Vasudeva quoted in South China Morning Post
By Akriti Vasudeva Quoted
Published May 7, 2020


Op-Ed
Originally published in Lawfare.
Published March 15, 2020


Issue Brief
This article was originally published in the Institute of East Asian Studies’ Asian Survey
By Sameer Lalwani Author
Published March 5, 2020


Op-Ed
This op-ed was published in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
By David Smith Author
Published February 4, 2020


Stimson in the News
A civil rights campaigner who has challenged Pakistan’s powerful military by raising a protest movement against alleged army abuses has been arrested. Manzoor Pashteen was held in the early hours of Monday, with police saying he was wanted on charges i …

Pakistan protest leader Manzoor Pashteen arrested on conspiracy charges Read More »

Published January 27, 2020


Event
The past six months have seen major disruptions in stability across southern Asia. As tensions in Kashmir continue to simmer, a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan is up for debate, and nationalist discourses gain traction in the region, all eyes are …

Competitive Security Dynamics in Southern Asia: Conflicts, Challenges, and Choices Read More »

Published September 10, 2019 / Held September 19, 2019


Research Pages
“Southern (Dis)Comfort” is a special series from War on the Rocks and the Stimson Center that seeks to unpack the dynamics of intensifying competition—military, economic, diplomatic—in Southern Asia, principally among China, India, Pakistan, and the Un …

Southern (Dis)Comfort Read More »

Published June 26, 2019


Stimson in the News
“The irony of the U.S. pressing India on the S-400 is that several former U.S. defence officials have praised the military utility of Russian platforms like Brahmos cruise missiles and the S-400 system enabling India to face off against China. The U.S. …

Sameer Lalwani Quoted on Indian Missile Defense Purchase Read More »

Published May 31, 2019




Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/24/2019 CONTACT Caiti Goodman, 202.478.3437 (O), 202.361.0254 (C), [email protected] Statement: India’s election results show shift in Indian Politics, impacting India’s national security and foreign policy Prime Mi …

STATEMENT: India’s election results show shift in Indian Politics, impacting Indian national security and foreign policy Read More »

Published May 24, 2019


Stimson in the News
An Opening for Useful Steps to Dampen Confrontation on the Subcontinent? Will India and Pakistan be able to take constructive steps away from periodic crises and confrontation? The smart money bets no, and cynics are usually right. Those who have tried …

Op-ed by Michael Krepon on Useful Steps to Dampen Confrontation in South Asia Read More »

Published May 10, 2019


Chapter
by Zafar Khan Zafar Khan received his doctorate in strategic studies from the University of Hull. He is the author of Pakistan’s Nuclear Policy: A Minimum Credible Deterrence. Currently, he serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Strategi …

Enact a Restraint Regime on MIRV Flight-Testing in South Asia Read More »

Published May 9, 2019


Stimson in the News
The Kargil War: India and Pakistan 20 Years Later 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 engag …

Op-ed by Sameer Lalwani and Eyal Hanfling on The Kargil War Read More »

Published May 1, 2019


Commentary
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 …

The Kargil War: India and Pakistan 20 Years Later Read More »

Published May 1, 2019


Stimson in the News
Did India shoot down a Pakistani F-16 in February? This just became a big deal. 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 …

Op-ed by Sameer Lalwani and Emily Tallo on the Shooting of a Pakistani F-16 Read More »

Published April 17, 2019


Commentary
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. The c …

Did India shoot down a Pakistani F-16 in February? This just became a big deal. Read More »

Published April 17, 2019


Stimson in the News
In an incremental advance, India on Wednesday successfully conducted an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile test, named Mission Shakti, becoming the fourth country in the world to demonstrate the capability to shoot down satellites in orbit. So far, only the …

Frank O’Donnell quoted on India’s recent anti-satellite technology test Read More »

Published March 27, 2019


Stimson in the News
What Will Be the Strategic Ripple Effects of Balakot? 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 retali …

Op-ed by Emily Tallo on Strategic Ripple Effects of Balakot Read More »

Published March 27, 2019


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