Book Discussion: Not War, Not Peace

Sep 28 2016@4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Sep 28 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Takshashila Institution, in collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Studies, will be hosting the book launch of Not War Not Peace: Motivating Pakistan to Prevent Cross-Border Terrorism, at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISc Campus on 28 September 2016, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

The book has been written by two experts in the field of nuclear policy, Dr. George Perkovich and Dr. Toby Dalton. Dr. Dalton is the co-director of the nuclear policy program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC. Takshashila is happy to announce that Dr. ? Dalton will be joining us for the discussion at the event.

The discussants will be:-

  • Vice Admiral (Retd.) R.N. Ganesh, Former DG, Indian Submarine Programme
  • Vice Admiral (Retd.) Vijay Shankar, Former C-in-C, Indian Strategic Forces Command
  • Pranay Kotasthane, Fellow & Head, Geostrategy Programme, Takshashila Institute, Bangalore
  • Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

About the book

The Mumbai blasts of 1993, the attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001, Mumbai 26/11??”cross-border terrorism has continued unabated. What can India do to motivate Pakistan to do more to prevent such attacks? In the nuclear times that we live in, where a military counter-attack could escalate to destruction beyond imagination, overt warfare is clearly not an option.

But since outright peacemaking seems similarly infeasible, what combination of coercive pressure and bargaining could lead to peace? The authors provide, for the first time, a comprehensive assessment of the violent and non-violent options available to India for compelling Pakistan to take concrete steps towards curbing terrorism originating in its homeland. They draw on extensive interviews with senior Indian and Pakistani officials, in service and retired, to explore the challenges involved in compellence and to show how non-violent coercion combined with clarity on the economic, social, and reputational costs of terrorism can better motivate Pakistan to pacify groups involved in cross-border terrorism.

Not War, Not Peace? goes beyond the much discussed theories of nuclear deterrence and counterterrorism strategy to explore a new approach to resolving old conflicts.

Event Details

The book launch and discussion will be held at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISc Campus on 28 September 2016, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

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