Sumit Ganguly

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India and Pakistan stand once again on the brink of war.
The moment is a precarious one and the stakes are high, not just for the region
but potentially for the world. The United States has burgeoning interests in the
subcontinent since the war in Afghanistan, and renewed Indo-Pakistani conflict
could divert needed resources from the effort to stamp out terrorism. Incautious
statements from both Indian and Pakistani leaders have also raised fears that a
nuclear exchange may be in the offing. The consequences would be far-reaching and
devastating. Nonetheless, only three years after their last confrontation
prompted frantic U.S. diplomatic overtures and direct personal intervention by