The South Asian Nexus

by Joshua Foust on 12/1/2008 · 1 comment

To abuse a cliché, Afghanistan is always at a crossroads: between East and West, North and South. It is the boundary of Central and South Asia, and as the July bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul shows, has the possibility for being the proxy battleground for India and Pakistan in the coming years. Now, given the horrific attacks in Mumbai, it is clear India is going to have a major role to play in future counterterrorism efforts.

So it is with suspiciously good timing that World Politics Review comes out with three wide-ranging essays on “The Asian Triangle,” of the ways in which India will factor into the security of the region. From the lede:

Attempts to address the problem of how to intervene militarily without in turn destabilizing an already fragile Pakistan have led to an emerging consensus regarding a “regional approach,” one that includes the India-Pakistan rivalry as a key to stabilizing the South Asian subcontinent.

But lurking in the shadows of the India-Pakistan rivalry is China, with its complex relations with the former and more steady patronage of the latter. The delicate balance of power that these three nuclear powers maintain complicates American policy, and will ultimately need to be taken into consideration for any lasting approach to stabilizing the broader region.

While seriously stretching the bounds of the region we cover here, these are worth a read. If I see something really worth highlighting later on, I’ll do that.


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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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Oldschool Boy December 2, 2008 at 6:29 am

So far Indian security does not seem very effective, considering how many terrorist attacs have already happened.
And instead of making serious conclusions about their security forces they restarted their usual game of blaming Pakistan.
But is not it what the terrorists wanted – more war between India and Pakistan

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