Happymon Jacob

Happymon Jacob

The lecture discussed the historical evolution of the India-Pakistan border, the various formal and informal management practices (or the lack thereof) adopted by the two sides to manage a partly-contentious border, and the patterns of conflict along the border. The lecture attempted to show that conflict escalation and military standoff between India and Pakistan, both nuclear weapon states, is triggered by local level military factors far more often than generally acknowledged. These local level factors include military one-upmanship, lack of standard operating procedures, and organizational culture, among others.