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Uneasy Neighbors

India, Pakistan and US Foreign Policy, 1st Edition

By Kanishkan Sathasivam


208 pages

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This volume represents a comprehensive and detailed case study of the long-running conflict between India and Pakistan - primarily over the contested territory of Kashmir, and the involvement of the United States within that conflict. The book details the history of 'Partition', the critical event in the modern history of the subcontinent and the fundamental catalyst for the enduring rivalry between India and Pakistan. It provides a summary description and analysis of the characteristics - demographic, social-cultural, political, economic and military - of the three primary actors that are party to the conflict: the sovereign states of India and Pakistan and the territory of Kashmir. It explains the history of US policy toward India and Pakistan as individual countries as well as US policy toward the conflict between them, particularly in light of the Indian and Pakistani nuclear tests of 1998 and events since September 11, 2001. In addition, the volume also describes and analyzes the involvement of three other major extra-regional actors.


’A timely contribution to the debate on US-India and US-Pakistan foreign policies after 9/11, the conflict over Kashmir and the India-Pakistan enduring rivalry. Students and scholars of the India-Pakistan conflict and US foreign policy can find useful material in Sathasivam's book.’ Professor Alex Mintz, Texas A&M University and Yale University, USA 'Sathasivam paints a comprehensive and fascinating portrait of the enduring rivalry between India and Pakistan. All those who wish to understand this conflict, as well as its critical implications for US foreign policy and the global war on terror, ought to read this book.' Professor Bertram Johnson, Middlebury College, USA ’…a very insightful and timely analysis…indispensable reading for those interested in one of the most volatile and important regions in the world.' Professor Steven B. Redd, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; The origins of conflict between India and Pakistan: a brief review of history; Portraits of South Asia; India and US foreign policy; Pakistan and US foreign policy; Strategic instability in South Asia: why Kashmir may be the most dangerous place in the world; Conclusion: India, Pakistan, and the future of US Foreign Policy; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Dr Kanishkan Sathasivam is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Salem State College, USA.

About the Series

US Foreign Policy and Conflict in the Islamic World

US Foreign Policy and Conflict in the Islamic World
The proliferation of an anti-US ideology among radicalized Islamic groups has emerged as one of the most significant security concerns for the United States and contemporary global relations in the wake of the end of the Cold War. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 demonstrated the danger posed by Islamic extremists to US domestic and foreign interests. Through a wealth of case studies this new series examines the role that US foreign policy has played in exacerbating or ameliorating hostilities among and within Muslim nations as a means of exploring the rise in tension between some Islamic groups and the West. The series provides an interdisciplinary framework of analysis which, transcending traditional, narrow modes of inquiry, permits a comprehensive examination of US foreign policy in the context of the Islamic world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General