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Crafting Peace in Kashmir: Through A Realist Lens

Crafting Peace in Kashmir: Through A Realist Lens

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Item Code: IDE646

by Verghese Koithara

Paperback (Edition: 2004)

Sage Publications
ISBN 0761932623

Language: English
Size: 8.8" X 5.8"
Pages: 315
Weight of the Book: 408 gms
Price: $32.00
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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 Abbreviations11
Preface15
Introduction17
1. THE INDIA-PAKISTAN CONFLICT 27
Seeds of Conflict28
Jammu and Kashmir29
The 1947-65 Period33
The 1966-88 Period39
The Post-1988 Period43
Peace Efforts47
2. THE PROBLEM OF KASHMIR'S DISCONTENTED53
The Pre-1953 Period54
The 1953-87 Period58
The Post-198762
The Area with Pakistan66
From Discontent to Militancy68
Resolution Efforts72
3. CONFLICT DRIVERS76
Slanted Comprehension77
Feelings of Insecurity84
Exploitation of Religion88
Pakistan's Political System90
The Pakistan Army92
Indifference to Costs95
Hardened Perspectives100
4. NUCLEAR DANGER103
Nuclear Arsenals104
Arsenal Managements107
Nuclear Opacity110
Nuclear Strategies113
Nuclear Risks115
Coercive Risk-taking118
5. KASHMIR AND THE OUTSIDE WORLD123
The Unipolar Context124
South Asia and the West126
South Asia and others131
Global Concerns135
Thinking of Parties139
Outsiders and the Future141
6. INSIGHTS FROM NORTHEN IRELAND144
Evolution of the Conflict145
The Conflict in Perspective157
The Peace Process163
Insights for Kashmir170
7. POINTERS FROM SRI LANKA177
Evolution of the Conflict 178
The Conflict in Perspective189
Peace Efforts197
Pointers for Kashmir205
8. REFLECTIONS ON THE ISRAELI-PALISTINIAN CONFLICT209
Evolution of the Conflict210
The Conflict in Perspective221
Israel-Egypt Peace230
The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Effort232
Thoughts for Kashmir241
9. MOVING FROM CONFLICT TO PEACE244
Concept of Peace245
Strategic Re-thinking248
Influential Public Opinion251
Peace Strategy253
Negotiations257
External Role261
The India-Pakistan Context262
10. CREATING A PEACE PATH IN KASHMIR265
Through a Realist Lens267
The Key Players273
A Peace Strategy277
The Autonomy Issue286
Negotiations290
The Outsider's Role293
The Central Realities295
Select Bibliography298
Index309
About the Author315

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