Crises & Consequences in Southern Asia

Regional Conflict Dynamics and Crisis Management
Reducing nuclear dangers and fostering strategic stability on the Subcontinent
Project Info

Nowhere is the risk of strategic instability and nuclear exchange greater than in South Asia. India and Pakistan are nuclear-armed neighbors who have fought several wars over the past seven decades and continue to risk potentially catastrophic escalation during recurring crises. Even more concerning, chances of miscalculation appear to be growing along with both sides’ tolerance for risk, strengthened arsenals, doctrinal shifts, and more frequent confrontation.

The project produces policy analysis and academic research on strategic trends and geopolitical dynamics in Southern Asia to better understand the causal processes, patterns, and lessons from previous crises on the Subcontinent. We empower rising analysts, carry out field research, and convene forums for regional engagement to mitigate strategic risk in South Asia. This dispassionate, reasoned approach is vital to generating the informed analysis necessary to undergird a more stable and secure region.


This website highlights a South Asia program book, Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories. This book builds on three decades of Stimson research and writing on the threat of conflict in South Asia. Within these ten chapters, authors from China, India, Pakistan, and the United States offer analysis based on their personal experiences and scholarship. 

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