Territorial Disputes

Global Governance & International Regimes

Territorial disputes arise from conflicting national interest in land and sea claims. Stimson experts analyze ways to resolve territorial disputes to foster increased regional peace and stability.

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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. READ MORE

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 READ MORE

April 19, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Steve Coll’s new book picks up where he left off in Ghost Wars, published in 2004. Together, the two volumes are more than a 1,500-page thick opus on futility, confusion, misplaced hopes and serious errors. READ MORE

March 21, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

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March 15, 2018 | EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

This piece for The Hindu is based on a full chapter study by the authors in Investigating Crises: South Asia's Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories freely available at: www.InvestigatingCrises.org. READ MORE

January 30, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “Clearly, five major crises within a twenty-year period indicate a fundamental structural problem… This region has not been stable and peaceful despite the common cultural and geopolitical heritage of its two dominant states.” READ MORE

January 11, 2018 | EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

By Sameer Lalwani and Hannah Haegeland   READ MORE

December 20, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quotes of the week: “The ability to win a local war cannot be translated into the ability to fight it safely and therefore cannot provide a firm foundation for either deterrence or coercion.” — Robert Jervis, The Meaning of the Nuclear Revolution (1989) READ MORE

August 30, 2017 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani , EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

Though comparatively unnoticed in Washington policymaking circles, “Southern Asia” and the broader Indian Ocean region form one of the most competitive strategic environments in the world. This article is the first installment of “Southern (Dis)Comfort),” a series organized with the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program to unpack the range of competitive dynamics in Southern Asia today. READ MORE

August 9, 2017 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

The Kashmir Valley has been in the midst of an insurgency since 1990. Stimson expert Sameer Lalwani traveled to Srinagar — the capital of the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir — to see firsthand the challenges that threaten this volatile region. READ MORE

January 29, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

George Perkovich and Toby Dalton have assessed the possibilities of conflict between India and Pakistan in a timely book, Not War, Not Peace? Motivating Pakistan to Prevent Cross-Border Terrorism (Oxford, 2016). Their bottom line is reflected in the title: India’s confrontation with Pakistan “is neither war nor peace, but rather a chronic contest of wills occasionally punctuated by bursts of violence.” READ MORE

May 18, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

This month marks the centenary of the Sykes-Picot treaty, a French-English agreement to establish areas of control and influence in the Arab lands of the Middle East after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. READ MORE

December 15, 2015 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman

The report release comes as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow today during a time of heightened political tensions, military incidents, and nuclear rhetoric between East and West. READ MORE

August 26, 2015 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

For months, the critical issue for Iraq has been its capacity to win back territory in its western provinces controlled by the so-called Islamic State (IS). READ MORE

July 1, 2015 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

Senior Associate Richard Cronin discuses Stimson’s work in the Lower Mekong Basin in Southeast Asia. There are highly contested plans over the construction of up to eleven hydropower dams on the lower half of Mekong River. READ MORE

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