IIAS Newsletter 46 Winter 2008

Post-cold war Indo-Pak friendship. Giving peace a chance after 9/11

Sanjeeb Kumar Mohanty

The end of the cold war provided India and Pakistan with opportunities to develop the concept of cooperative peace and security. The desire for peace, recognition of the futility of confrontation and the utility of confidence-building measures, the cumulative impact of ‘track two diplomacy’ and the intent to succeed in a dialogue process have all strengthened the peace process in recent years. Added to this is a post-9/11 change in South Asia’s security environment and a perceptible shift in US attitude to subcontinental affairs compelling the countries towards peace initiatives.

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