Mumbai Attacks: Implications for the U.S.

    • Ashley J. Tellis
    • January 28, 2009
    • Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

    The Obama administration should pressure Pakistan to bring the LeT leadership responsible for the Mumbai attacks to justice, and to eliminate the organization's terror infrastructure to prevent it from threatening U.S. and NATO operations in Afghanistan.

    Obama is Likely to be More Effective Than Bush

    The Obama administration will continue to treat relations with both New Delhi and Islamabad as a non-zero sum game. The new administration will not undo the U.S.-Indian nuclear agreement despite their reservations, while Vice-President Biden's expertise on Pakistan will provide new opportunities for progress.

    Delivering on the Promise: Advancing U.S. relations with India

    A broad-based relationship between the U.S. and India will be necessary to solve complex global challenges, achieve security in the South Asian region, reestablish stability in the global economy, and overcome the threat of violent Islamic radicalism.

    The Lessons of Mumbai

    India will continue to face a serious jihadi threat from Pakistan-based terrorist groups for the foreseeable future. However, India lacks military options that have strategic-level effects without a significant risk of a military response by Pakistan. Neither Indian nor U.S. policy is likely to be able to reduce that threat significantly in the short to medium term.

    Focus and Exit: An Alternative Strategy for the Afghan War

    The debate in Washington and European capitals has recently centered on how many more troops will be sent to Afghanistan in 2009 as part of a military surge. The real question, however, is how combat troops should be used - to pursue the Taliban, or secure key areas to allow institutions to develop. The main policy objective must be the development of a government that can survive U.S. withdrawal.

    Investigations into Mumbai

    The civilian government in Pakistan faces hard choices in its response to the Mumbai attacks. Action against the groups responsible for the violence will overturn traditional strategy that considers these groups national security ‘assets’ against India. There is also the danger of opening up another battle front for an army already conducting counter-terrorism operations on its western border.

    Terrorists Attacking Mumbai Have Global Agenda

    Despite the tangled history of India and Pakistan, the latest terrorist attacks in Mumbai require the world to take a fresh look at the nature of the terrorist threat. Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terrorist group which carried out the attacks, is a global threat, seeking to promote an Islamic Caliphate by breaking up India and destroying confidence in stable democracies.

    Bloodbath in Bombay: India's Leading Voices Speak Out

    • Ashley J. Tellis, S.K. Lambah, Satish Nambiar, G. Parthasarathy, Sudheendra Kulkarni, Jamshyd Godrej, Suresh Prabhu
    • December 09, 2008
    • Washington, D.C.

    The Mumbai attacks demonstrate that terrorism demands a global response. The best way to address militant groups operating outside Pakistani state control is to promote stable democracy and increased state capacity so the government can dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism in under-governed parts of the country – a project in which both India and the international community have a stake.

    Origins of Mumbai Attacks

    The objective of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group which carried out the Mumbai attacks, is global jihad. They are second only to al-Qaeda as a terrorist group of global reach.

    The Sovereignty Dodge: What Pakistan Won't Do, the World Should

    Following the Pakistani terrorist attacks in Mumbai, the international community should respond by declaring that parts of Pakistan have become ungovernable and a menace to international security. This violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty will begin to show the world that states that harbor terrorists cannot take their sovereign rights for granted — these rights need to be earned.

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