Sumit Ganguly

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Back to Brinksmanship

I ndia 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 President Bill Clinton, these two nuclear-armed adversaries have, since the beginning of this year, been staring each other down across their shared border. The trigger for the current crisis was an incident last December, when operatives of two Pakistan-based insurgent groups attacked the Indian...