Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments

With author and expert panel, INDUS launches new book: "Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments: US Crisis Management in South Asia"

South Asia is the world’s most dangerous region, with the potential for nuclear war between nuclear weapons states.That is one of the realities Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President of the Asia Center, United States.

Institute of Peace, and an INDUS Expert and Scholar, explores in his new book, “Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments: US Crisis Management in South Asia.”

On July 15, INDUS—Mobilizing People’s Power hosted Yusuf and Dr. Rizwana Abbasi, Associate Professor at National Defence University, Islamabad, to discuss his latest work and related topics. The event was moderated by Nasir Naveed, INDUS Director of Policy and Planning.

“Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments” explores the United States’ role in managing an India-Pakistan security crisis through three major crises after the nuclearization of South Asia: the 1999 Kargil conflict, the 2001-2002 military standoff, and the 2008 Mumbai attacks.Yusuf described the current dynamics of the region and the potential for conflict and mediation. A crisis between India and Pakistan can escalate quickly. A third party may not have enough time to intervene and de-escalate.

While answering questions from the audience, Abbasi said that Pakistan should not involve itself in an arms race with India but must focus on a credible deterrence. She added that both India and Pakistan must resume a peace dialogue and that the Lahore Declaration is the best place to start.

At the conclusion of the discussion session, Yusuf answered questions from the media and autographed copies of his book.

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