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"Kashmir in the AfPak Equation"

Senior separatist leader Javid Ahmed Mir, fourth left, along with supporters shout pro-freedom slogans as they hold placards during a protest in Srinagar, India, July 21, 2009.
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"Kashmir in the AfPak Equation"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

August 18, 2009

Author: Paul Staniland, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program/Intrastate Conflict Program, 20082009

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Intrastate Conflict Program


"When Kashmir is discussed in the strategic discourse these days, it is usually in the context of the broader stabilization effort in the region. Reducing tensions between India and Pakistan would improve Pakistani cooperation in Afghanistan and thus advance US interests. But Kashmir itself is curiously absent from many of these discussions the assumption seems to be that between them Delhi and Islamabad control the Kashmir Valley, and once the governments agree on the high politics, Kashmiris will fall into line.

Lydia Polgreen's Sunday New York Times article and Kashmir's recent history instead clearly show that, for better and worse, Kashmiris have the capacity to surprise everyone, even Indian and Pakistani intelligence agencies. Though violence has substantially dropped since 2003, the last two years have been in many respects the most dramatic since the insurgency began in 1988...."

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Staniland, Paul. "Kashmir in the AfPak Equation." Foreign Policy, August 18, 2009.

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