Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent visit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi is the latest affirmation of both countries’ shift to a deeper bilateral partnership.
While there is a Pakistani identity vis-à-vis the other countries that surround it, it is an identity that has been superimposed from above rather than created from below.
A new book describes how Pakistan unraveled and provides a blueprint for understanding declining pluralism across the Middle East.
New Delhi must find ways to effectively intervene in the limited but inviting strategic space that is opening up between the United States, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
The unyielding antagonism between India and Pakistan remains one of the greatest tragedies of Asian politics.
India should focus on shaping the outcomes of the U.S.-Pakistan negotiations, since those talks will not only influence the situation in Afghanistan but could also have significant implications for the subcontinent as a whole.
India will inevitably have to do more in Afghanistan, since the United States will not bear the security burden forever. Any substantive India-U.S. strategic coordination, however, could presage a major change in the regional politics of South Asia.
International calls for bilateral engagement are actually counterproductive because they embolden Pakistan to persist in a fruitless strategy of coercion.
Seventy years after gaining independence, India is poised to consolidate its dominance in South Asia.
While the Trump administration’s efforts to get tough on Pakistan face challenges and potential dangers, the change in stance signals a new political will to pursue previously untried measures which offer some hope of success.