The history of Indo-Pakistan relations has mainly been a story of conflict and discord, mutual distrust and suspicion. A continuing Seige mentality on both sides, fuelled by bitter historical memories, deep rooted prejudices and undying mistrust, is a powerful political tool for fanning public passions in the hands of those decision makers and governmental institutions having vested interest in perpetuating hostilities. Hard line politicians and policy makers on both sides, denigrate dialogue and promote enemy images, aided in their task of manipulating public opinion by sympathetic segments of the media, and years of indoctrination through state controlled educational systems. This book introduces the subject and gives a general description of the problem to be investigated. Contents: (1) Prologue: End of Cold War and a New Beginning: South Asia and Global Political Trends/ Problems of Peace and Security in the Region/ Origins of Conflicts in South Asia: An overview. (2) South Asian Spectrum with Special Reference to Indo-Pak Relations: The State of Jammu and Kashmir/ The fourth war of Kashmir:Kargil/ Nuclear Policy of India/ Nuclear Policy of Pakistan/ Track Two Diplomacy. (3) USA and Indo-Pak Relations since 1990: USA: Catalysing Factor in South Asia/ Nuclear Weapons-India-US/ Nuclear Disarmament and Expectations from India:Nuclear Weapons-Pakistan-USA. (4) US Policies and Peace Prospects in South Asia since 1990: Conceptualising Peace/ US Interest and Future of Peace in South Asia/ Peace Prospects with special Reference to Kashmir. (5) Impact of 9/11: Changing Phenomena of Security and Indo-Pak Relations: Alternative `Security\\' Concept. (6) Epilogue: CBMs the only way out/ Problem of Kashmir and Proposed CBMs/ Nuclear Weapons and Proposed CBMs/ Extending the No-Attack Agreement. Appendices: (1) Opinion Benazir\\'s Detente Plan-K.S. Bajpai; (2) Statement of Government of Pakistan on CSBMs between Pakistan and India-S Shafqat Kakakhel; (3) Statement of Government of India on Confidence-Building Measures between Indian and her Neighbours; (4) A Blueprint for Peace; (5) The Lahore Declaration; (6) Frequently Asked Questions on Jammu and Kashmir.
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