South Asia: Back to Basics
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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South Asia, with a quarter of the worlds population, a demonstrated weapons of mass destruction WMD capability, great economic potential, and chronic instability, can no longer be regarded as peripheral to U.S. global interests. Achieving peace and stability, particularly in and between India and Pakistan, is the overarching U.S. interest in South Asia, and we need a well-considered, long-term strategy to pursue it. The United States needs to avoid the episodic, single-issue pattern of its past interaction with South Asia. Sustained, broad-based engagement, based on a thorough review of U.S. interests and regional realities, will preserve and enhance U.S. interests. A presidential visit to all the major countries of the region could signal our commitment to long-term engagement focusing on Indo-Pakistani rapprochement, good governance, economic advancement, and sane management of the regions nuclear capabilities.
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