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  • Resuming the India-Pakistan Dialogue

    Resuming the India-Pakistan Dialogue

    Even faced with the improbability of making much headway on terrorism and Kashmir in the resumed dialogue, it is still important for India to engage with Pakistan.

    December 22, 2015

    Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Deconstructing India’s Doctrinal Response

    The military and scientific leadership of Pakistan has given clear signals that tactical nuclear weapons have a vital role in Pakistan’s nuclear weapons policy. Developed to lower Pakistan’s nuclear threshold, these weapons may further deter India from launching a conventional strike to punish Pakistan for its sub-conventional war against India. This has led to a debate on the possible doctrinal responses that India could adopt to counter Pakistan’s tactical nuclear weapons.

    November 2015

    The Context of the Cease-Fire Decision in the 1965 India-Pakistan War

    The Context of the Cease-Fire Decision in the 1965 India-Pakistan War

    The ceasefire decision was influenced by the combination of three factors: absence of the prospect of a swift victory, concerns about Chinese military intervention, and concerted diplomatic pressure from major powers.

    September 21, 2015

    Prabhu Chintala asked: Why is there a sudden increase in the terror attacks in J&k? What message Pakistan and its military-militant establishment are trying to pass?

    Vivek Chadha replies: The spate of terror attacks in the recent past has taken place not only in J&K, but also in the neighbouring state of Punjab, as evident from the Gurdaspur terror strike. A number of reasons could be ascribed to these strikes. First, Pakistan is confronted with a new government in India, which has clearly announced a more robust approach to Pakistani misadventures, both along the Line of Control (LoC) and inside India.

    How Pakistan Gains From the Cancelled NSA-Level Talks

    How Pakistan Gains From the Cancelled NSA-Level Talks

    It was not in Pakistan’s interest that the NSA meeting should take place. It is to their credit that they managed to do that by waving a red flag at the Indians through their first briefing on the planned NSA talks by mentioning their invitation to the Hurriyat leaders for a meeting in Delhi prior to the NSA talks.

    August 28, 2015

    India-Pakistan Engagement: Does Ufa Have More To It Than Meets The Eye?

    India-Pakistan Engagement: Does Ufa Have More To It Than Meets The Eye?

    The new equation is that the Americans nudge India, the Chinese press Pakistan, and together they try to ensure that things don’t go out of control in South Asia.

    July 20, 2015

    India–Pakistan Human Rights Imbroglio in Geneva

    Dr. Arvind Gupta (AG):
    You were India’s Permanent Representative (PR) at Geneva from 1992 to 1995, a momentous period for India. As PR, you faced a number of challenges vis-à-vis Pakistan, which tried to capitalise on fault lines in India, particularly in the aftermath of the destruction of the Babri Mosque as well as the Bombay (now Mumbai) riots. Could you take us through your experience at that time, the international atmosphere, and also how India was being viewed abroad?
    July 2014

    Pakistan’s Nasr/Hatf-IX Missile: Challenges for Indo-Pak Deterrence

    On November 5, 2013 Pakistan conducted its fourth test of the Hatf-IX (Nasr) short range battlefield ‘nuclear’ missile. To date there have been four flight tests of the missile system. After the first three tests (April 19, 2011, May 29, 2012 and February 11, 2013) Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) had put out identical press releases.1 These statements claimed that the missile had a range of 60 km and carried ‘nuclear warheads (sic) of appropriate yield’.

    July 2014

    India’s Non-Policy on Pakistan: U-Turn to Square One

    India’s Non-Policy on Pakistan: U-Turn to Square One

    The thumb rule in making a policy U-turn is “minimise damage or maximise advantage”. What is extraordinary about the Modi government’s U-turn is that it maximises losses and minimises advantages.

    February 26, 2015

    Failed India-Pakistan dialogue: Reworking policies

    Failed India-Pakistan dialogue: Reworking policies

    In the short-term India needs to let the internal situation within Pakistan play itself out and see what emerges from the standoff. There is no doubt that Pakistan will have to be engaged but terms and manner will be dictated by the prevailing political and economic scenario in India, Afghanistan and the region including India-China relations.

    August 22, 2014