Corruption in the Pakistani military has been coming to light in recent months. It is still an extremely popular institution, but the balance of power in the country depends on the military maintaining a clean image.
By seeking more space with China and Pakistan at the same time, some believe Prime Minster Modi could be creating a strategic nightmare for India. Others suggest the two fronts are no longer separate.
In his speech for India’s Independence Day, Prime Minister Modi criticized Pakistan, while reaffirming his commitment to promoting regional cooperation and developing a joint struggle against terrorism.
Arguments about the diplomatic process in South Asia demonstrate how dysfunctional the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation has become. India must be patient with Pakistan, while remaining engaged with others in the region.
With a clear comparative advantage over Pakistan in economic clout and soft power, India can utilize a strategy for non-violent “compellence” to isolate Pakistan internationally, which could in turn motivate meaningful counterterrorism action within Pakistan.
Pakistan’s dependence on Saudi Arabia stands in the way of the two working against Islamic terrorism.
Hostilities between Pakistan and Afghanistan have risen due to several factors over the last twelve months.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project may be based on economic principles, but broader strategic and security interests are driving both Beijing and Islamabad.
Though there continue to be significant disagreements within the Indian strategic community about many elements of nuclear doctrine, the debate no longer produces new ideas about how to deal with the most pressing dilemma that New Delhi faces: countering Pakistan’s tactical nuclear weapons.
In the current environment, the introduction of tactical nuclear weapons by Pakistan in response to India’s limited war strategy is only a means of reinforcing deterrence and enhancing stability at the higher level of conflict by inducing instability at the lower levels.