• Central European University, Quantum Room (map)
  • 15 Nádor utca
  • Budapest, 1051
  • Hungary

Abstract: The lecture will discuss 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 will attempt 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.

Happymon Jacob (Senior Global Challenges Fellow)

Happymon Jacob is a Senior Global Challenges Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study and School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest. Jacob is on sabbatical from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where he is an Associate Professor of Disarmament Studies. Jacob is a regular op-ed contributor to The Hindu, one of India’s leading English-language dailies. He also directs and/or participates in some of the most influential Indian-Pakistan track-two dialogues: Chaophraya Dialogue, Pugwash India-Pakistan Dialogue, and the Ottawa India-Pakistan Dialogue. Webpage: happymonjacob.com



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