Uniquely representing all sides in the conflict over Kashmir, this innovative new book provides a forum for discussion not only of existing proposals for ending the conflict, but also of possible new paths toward settlement. Contributors from India, Pakistan, and Kashmir explore the national and subnational dimensions of the ongoing hostilities, the role of the international community, and future prospects. The result is an informed overview of the present state of affairs - and a realistic examination of the potential for peaceful resolution.
Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu is on the faculty of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Bushra Asif is an independent consultant based in New York. Cyrus Samii, formerly senior program officer at the International Peace Academy, is a doctoral candidate in political science at Columbia University.
Contents: Foreword - T. Rod-Larsen. Introduction - W.P.S. Sidhu. Subnational and National Dimensions. Warring Over Peace in Kashmir - I. Kaur. How Independent Is Azad Jammu and Kashmir? - B. Asif. India and Armed Nonstate Actors in the Kashmir Conflict - D.S. Chandran. Pakistan and Jihadi Groups in the Kashmir Conflict - R. Zeb. Women in the Valley: From Victims to Agents of Change - K. Suri. Women and Peacebuilding in Azad Jammu and Kashmir - S. Akhtar. New Delhi's Approach to Kashmir and Relations with Pakistan - P.R. Chari. Islamabad's New Approach to Kashmir - H.-A. Rizvi. International Dimensions. Kashmir in the International System - A. Acharya and A. Acharya. The International Community and Kashmir: Mission Impossible? - W.P.S. Sidhu. Kashmir: ""The Most Dangerous Place on Earth""? - J. Thomson. Toward Settlement. Settling the Kashmir Conflict: The Internal Dimension - I. Idris. Kashmir: From Persistence to Progress? - C. Samii. Appendix. Chronology of the Kashmir Conflict.