On May 26, USIP hosted a panel discussion examining the three main obstacles to normalization of India-Pakistan relations, and the road ahead for India and Pakistan.

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India and Pakistan have resumed dialogue after a prolonged hiatus. Given the importance of normalization between these two nuclear powers, this is a positive development. India and Pakistan's last attempt at rapprochement, the Composite Dialogue, managed to make make substantial progress on key outstanding issues, but fell apart in the wake of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. The stakes are even higher as the two sides come together again to resolve their differences. Three major stumbling blocks to normalization are repeatedly highlighted: terrorism originating from Pakistani soil; the longstanding dispute over Jammu and Kashmir; and each country's respective role in Afghanistan.

To examine these three challenges and the road ahead for India and Pakistan, USIP hosted a panel discussion on May 26, 2011.

Speakers

  • Amb. Karl Inderfurth
    Senior Adviser and Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and
    former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs
  • Tariq Parvez
    former Chairman of the National Counter Terrorism Authority, Pakistan; and
    former Director General, Federal Investigation Agency, Pakistan
  • Stephen Tankel
    Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence; and
    Visiting Scholar, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Moeed Yusuf, moderator
    South Asia Adviser, U.S. Institute of Peace

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