P29
Security challenges in contemporary India-Pakistan relations

Convenors:
Agnieszka Kuszewska (University of Social Sciences and Humanities)
Liladhar Pendse (University of California-Berkeley)
Location:
Room 207
Start time:
30 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

The panel aims to spur discussion on security challenges in India-Pakistan relations. Panelists are welcomed to touch upon the issue of Kashmir and other problems, the role of state and non-state actors, Indo-Pakistani rivalry in the context of future regional strategy of both states.

Long abstract:

Long-term rivalry between India and Pakistan remains the crucial challenge in the South Asian security environment. Despite some bilateral initiatives the prospects for enhanced cooperation and stability in the Subcontinent remain rather elusive. In the second decade of XXI century formidable trust deficit between the two states prevails and it has brought a new wave of blame game on both sides. The differences in the approach towards resolution of conflicts are clearly visible and talks on big issues, such as Kashmir do not bring any noticeable results. Security strategies of both countries and prospects for prosperity are unavoidably interdependent because of geopolitical and economic reasons. India under BJP rule continues its efforts to strengthen its regional position, emerge as strong world power and counterbalance Chinese influences. Some experts are concerned by growing Hindu nationalism and its possible impact on policy towards Pakistan. Pakistan faces security challenges with curbing the activities of violent non-state actors on top of it. Although military operation was launched in 2014, different terrorist outfits still pose serious threat to internal and external security. Despite all the problems it is widely recognized that peaceful Subcontinent and development opportunities are within the interest of both countries. Are there any prospects for improving relations between India and Pakistan or will the region face another decade of lost opportunities?To what extent dynamically evolving geopolitical situation in the region will influence India-Pakistan relations? These questions will be raised during the panel.