SAP offers a fortnightly update of Carnegie’s South Asia Program and selected views and opinions from the South Asian media and policy circles, thus providing a forum for U.S. policy makers and others interested in the study of South Asia to hear voices from the region.
This book examines the strategic balance in Asia and the increasing levels of trade and interdependence in the region, assessing the implications for the United States.
Asian states have, for now, concluded that U.S. hegemony is robust and can provide the public goods that no other Asian country is yet willing to provide. Asian states have high expectations of peace in the future, and are committed to the use of political means to resolve disagreements.
On October 17th, 2006, the Carnegie Endowment hosted Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani, the former Director-General of Pakistan military’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Bureau. Lt. Gen. Durrani spoke on “Disengaging Military from Politics in Pakistan,” commenting on the phenomenon of military takeovers and suggesting how Pakistan’s military could be disengaged from the political sphere.
Taliban insurgents and their Al Qaeda allies, once thought defeated in Afghanistan, are regaining strength. Frederic Grare examines the evolution of the situation in Afghanistan and takes a look at Afghanistan through Pakistan's eyes. In addition, Grare provides policy recommendations for regional relations in a post-U.S. Afghanistan.
Drawing on his unparalleled experience in operating and managing combat air power, Air Chief Marshal Shashindra Pal Tyagi addressed the security threats that India faces today and those that loom in the years ahead. ACM Tyagi also discussed the role of military power in helping meet these challenges and the potential for US-India collaboration in addressing these concerns.
The nuclear deal was recently approved by the U.S. Congress but average educated Indians have mixed feelings about the U.S. The combination of Indian intellectuals over 40 who came of age during the Cold War, younger intellectuals who associate the U.S. with materialism and a sizable Muslim minority opposed to U.S. foreign policy means that India is yet to overcome the past.
The Indian government has not backed away from its dialogue with Pakistan over the future of disputed Kashmir and other issues despite declared that groups in Pakistan--including, potentially, Pakistan's intelligence service--supported the Mumbai bombers. Just one week after the Mumbai bombings, Indian and Pakistani officials met at a border checkpoint to discuss critical security issues.