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Crafting Peace in Kashmir: Through A Realist Lens
Crafting Peace in Kashmir: Through A Realist Lens
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From the Jacket:

In this timely and topical book, the author argues that perceptions and emotions are the drivers behind the India-Pakistan conflict. In today's context, he maintains, the 'structure' of the conflict is more resolvable than how it is commonly portrayed. Neither country has a need - in security, resource and internal coherence terms - for the part of J & K that is with the other country. To recognize this, however, the conflict needs to be analysed in terms of the true clash of interest of the parties, painting out the cluster of legal and ideological arguments.

Protracted, violent conflicts elsewhere can provide a useful perspective to understand how conflict dynamics work and how conflict conclusion can be more realistically sought through a peace rather than a war strategy. The conflicts of Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka and Israel-Palestine have been analysed with this in view. Northern Ireland provides an illuminating example of using a well-crafted internal settlement to end a wider conflict. A study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is useful to understand how very different are the structures of the two conflicts and how much more tractable the India-Pakistan conflict is.

The book presents reasons why Pakistan, and its army, can be induced to accept a final settlement along the LoC, provided it is made part of a broader deal that accords substantial autonomy to both sides of the new border. Also why such a deal shall not pose a risk to the security - internal and external - of either country. The LoC-into-border deal lies within amicable reach, but it calls for vision, flexibility and strategy to arrive at it.

Presenting a completely new perspective on the Kashmir conflict, this book will attract a wide readership among scholars, journalists, policy-makers and anyone interested in Kashmir issue.

About the Author:

Vice Admiral Verghese Koithara PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Rtd.) is an independent strategic analyst. His primary research focus is on peace processes, nuclear issues and maritime developments. He retired from the Indian Navy in 1998. He has a Ph.D. degree in political science. His first book Society, State and Security - The Indian Experience was published in 1999. He carried out a study on Kashmir for the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in 2001. He was visiting fellow at the Centre for International Security and Co-operation, Stanford University in 2002, where he published a paper on 'Coercion and Risk-Taking in Nuclear South Asia'. He lives in the Nilgiris.

 

CONTENTS

 

  List of Abbreviations 11
  Preface 15
  Introduction 17
1. THE INDIA-PAKISTAN CONFLICT 27
  Seeds of Conflict 28
  Jammu and Kashmir 29
  The 1947-65 Period 33
  The 1966-88 Period 39
  The Post-1988 Period 43
  Peace Efforts 47
2. THE PROBLEM OF KASHMIR'S DISCONTENTED 53
  The Pre-1953 Period 54
  The 1953-87 Period 58
  The Post-1987 62
  The Area with Pakistan 66
  From Discontent to Militancy 68
  Resolution Efforts 72
3. CONFLICT DRIVERS 76
  Slanted Comprehension 77
  Feelings of Insecurity 84
  Exploitation of Religion 88
  Pakistan's Political System 90
  The Pakistan Army 92
  Indifference to Costs 95
  Hardened Perspectives 100
4. NUCLEAR DANGER 103
  Nuclear Arsenals 104
  Arsenal Managements 107
  Nuclear Opacity 110
  Nuclear Strategies 113
  Nuclear Risks 115
  Coercive Risk-taking 118
5. KASHMIR AND THE OUTSIDE WORLD 123
  The Unipolar Context 124
  South Asia and the West 126
  South Asia and others 131
  Global Concerns 135
  Thinking of Parties 139
  Outsiders and the Future 141
6. INSIGHTS FROM NORTHEN IRELAND 144
  Evolution of the Conflict 145
  The Conflict in Perspective 157
  The Peace Process 163
  Insights for Kashmir 170
7. POINTERS FROM SRI LANKA 177
  Evolution of the Conflict 178
  The Conflict in Perspective 189
  Peace Efforts 197
  Pointers for Kashmir 205
8. REFLECTIONS ON THE ISRAELI-PALISTINIAN CONFLICT 209
  Evolution of the Conflict 210
  The Conflict in Perspective 221
  Israel-Egypt Peace 230
  The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Effort 232
  Thoughts for Kashmir 241
9. MOVING FROM CONFLICT TO PEACE 244
  Concept of Peace 245
  Strategic Re-thinking 248
  Influential Public Opinion 251
  Peace Strategy 253
  Negotiations 257
  External Role 261
  The India-Pakistan Context 262
10. CREATING A PEACE PATH IN KASHMIR 265
  Through a Realist Lens 267
  The Key Players 273
  A Peace Strategy 277
  The Autonomy Issue 286
  Negotiations 290
  The Outsider's Role 293
  The Central Realities 295
  Select Bibliography 298
  Index 309
  About the Author 315

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Crafting Peace in Kashmir: Through A Realist Lens

Item Code:
IDE646
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Edition:
2004
Publisher:
Sage Publications
ISBN:
0761932623
Language:
English
Size:
8.8" X 5.8"
Pages:
315
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From the Jacket:

In this timely and topical book, the author argues that perceptions and emotions are the drivers behind the India-Pakistan conflict. In today's context, he maintains, the 'structure' of the conflict is more resolvable than how it is commonly portrayed. Neither country has a need - in security, resource and internal coherence terms - for the part of J & K that is with the other country. To recognize this, however, the conflict needs to be analysed in terms of the true clash of interest of the parties, painting out the cluster of legal and ideological arguments.

Protracted, violent conflicts elsewhere can provide a useful perspective to understand how conflict dynamics work and how conflict conclusion can be more realistically sought through a peace rather than a war strategy. The conflicts of Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka and Israel-Palestine have been analysed with this in view. Northern Ireland provides an illuminating example of using a well-crafted internal settlement to end a wider conflict. A study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is useful to understand how very different are the structures of the two conflicts and how much more tractable the India-Pakistan conflict is.

The book presents reasons why Pakistan, and its army, can be induced to accept a final settlement along the LoC, provided it is made part of a broader deal that accords substantial autonomy to both sides of the new border. Also why such a deal shall not pose a risk to the security - internal and external - of either country. The LoC-into-border deal lies within amicable reach, but it calls for vision, flexibility and strategy to arrive at it.

Presenting a completely new perspective on the Kashmir conflict, this book will attract a wide readership among scholars, journalists, policy-makers and anyone interested in Kashmir issue.

About the Author:

Vice Admiral Verghese Koithara PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Rtd.) is an independent strategic analyst. His primary research focus is on peace processes, nuclear issues and maritime developments. He retired from the Indian Navy in 1998. He has a Ph.D. degree in political science. His first book Society, State and Security - The Indian Experience was published in 1999. He carried out a study on Kashmir for the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in 2001. He was visiting fellow at the Centre for International Security and Co-operation, Stanford University in 2002, where he published a paper on 'Coercion and Risk-Taking in Nuclear South Asia'. He lives in the Nilgiris.

 

CONTENTS

 

  List of Abbreviations 11
  Preface 15
  Introduction 17
1. THE INDIA-PAKISTAN CONFLICT 27
  Seeds of Conflict 28
  Jammu and Kashmir 29
  The 1947-65 Period 33
  The 1966-88 Period 39
  The Post-1988 Period 43
  Peace Efforts 47
2. THE PROBLEM OF KASHMIR'S DISCONTENTED 53
  The Pre-1953 Period 54
  The 1953-87 Period 58
  The Post-1987 62
  The Area with Pakistan 66
  From Discontent to Militancy 68
  Resolution Efforts 72
3. CONFLICT DRIVERS 76
  Slanted Comprehension 77
  Feelings of Insecurity 84
  Exploitation of Religion 88
  Pakistan's Political System 90
  The Pakistan Army 92
  Indifference to Costs 95
  Hardened Perspectives 100
4. NUCLEAR DANGER 103
  Nuclear Arsenals 104
  Arsenal Managements 107
  Nuclear Opacity 110
  Nuclear Strategies 113
  Nuclear Risks 115
  Coercive Risk-taking 118
5. KASHMIR AND THE OUTSIDE WORLD 123
  The Unipolar Context 124
  South Asia and the West 126
  South Asia and others 131
  Global Concerns 135
  Thinking of Parties 139
  Outsiders and the Future 141
6. INSIGHTS FROM NORTHEN IRELAND 144
  Evolution of the Conflict 145
  The Conflict in Perspective 157
  The Peace Process 163
  Insights for Kashmir 170
7. POINTERS FROM SRI LANKA 177
  Evolution of the Conflict 178
  The Conflict in Perspective 189
  Peace Efforts 197
  Pointers for Kashmir 205
8. REFLECTIONS ON THE ISRAELI-PALISTINIAN CONFLICT 209
  Evolution of the Conflict 210
  The Conflict in Perspective 221
  Israel-Egypt Peace 230
  The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Effort 232
  Thoughts for Kashmir 241
9. MOVING FROM CONFLICT TO PEACE 244
  Concept of Peace 245
  Strategic Re-thinking 248
  Influential Public Opinion 251
  Peace Strategy 253
  Negotiations 257
  External Role 261
  The India-Pakistan Context 262
10. CREATING A PEACE PATH IN KASHMIR 265
  Through a Realist Lens 267
  The Key Players 273
  A Peace Strategy 277
  The Autonomy Issue 286
  Negotiations 290
  The Outsider's Role 293
  The Central Realities 295
  Select Bibliography 298
  Index 309
  About the Author 315

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