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Title: "Déjà vu all over again?" : why dialogue won't solve the Kashmir dispute 
Author: Swamy, Arun R.
Date: 2001
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Abstract: The intensification of a long-standing dispute between India and Pakistan over the state of Kashmir has become the cause of international concern. The stakes for these nuclear-armed rivals are high. Each views Kashmir as the validation of its national ideology; each fears that giving it up will result in serious domestic turmoil. Moreover, each country has plausible legal arguments for its claims along with a long history of grievances. The deep differences over Kashmir that divide the two countries have so far proven intractable, and following September 11 the movement toward confrontation accelerated. There has never been a more urgent need for international attention to Kashmir. While diplomatic engagement seems necessary for a resolution of this dispute, past results indicate that simply pressuring the two sides to talk may be disastrous. In order to avoid such results, any effort to intervene in this dispute must be undertaken with an awareness of how it evolved, why it has been so difficult to resolve, and what kinds of solutions to it might realistically be pursued.
Series/Report No.: AsiaPacific issues ; no. 56
Description: For more about the East-West Center, see http://www.eastwestcenter.org/
Pages/Duration: 8 pages
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/3781
LC Subject Headings: Jammu and Kashmir (India) - History
Pakistan - Foreign relations - India
India - Foreign relations - Pakistan

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  • AsiaPacific Issues [112]
    Papers in the AsiaPacific Issues series address topics of broad interest and significant impact relevant to current and emerging policy debates. These eight-page, peer-reviewed papers are accessible to readers outside the author's discipline.

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