Indian Strategic Thinker Bharat Karnad on "Rethinking Indian Policies towards Pakistan"
INSS Event Summary, December 13, 2011
By Dr. Thomas F. Lynch III
INSS and Atlantic Council Host Presenation by Mr. Bharat Karnad, National Security Studies, New Delhi
On November 14, 2011 the Center for Strategic Research (CSR), part of National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), partnered with the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council to host a presentation by Mr. Bharat Karnad, Senior Fellow at the National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi on the topic, "Rethinking Indian Polices Towards Pakistan." The event took place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Karnad was introduced by INSS Distinguished Research Fellow, Dr. Thomas Lynch. Mr. Shuja Nawaz, Director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council welcomed Mr. Karnad and moderated the discussion that followed Mr. Karnad’s presentation.
The audience for this luncheon presentation was a limited to 50 participants and was a specially selected group of policymakers, analysts and scholars from inside government and local think tanks around Washington, D.C.Mr. Karnad’s presentation and subsequent discussion generated four major insights:
- India must take the lead in confidence and security building measure (CSBM) actions towards Pakistan.
- India could take meaningful CSBM actions toward Pakistan without harm to its security Posture.
- There are significant domestic constraints on Indian first moves that won't resolve before 2014.
- Despite the challenges, progress toward relaxed tensions are possible following the example of ongoing economic developments between India and Pakistan
A transcript of the entire event is available here.
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