An Indian Agni-II intermediate range ballistic missile on a road-mobile launcher. Wikimedia Commons/Antônio Milena
Rajan Menon, National Interest: How to Stop Kashmir from Spiraling into All-Out War
India and Pakistan shouldn’t gamble with nuclear war.
Kashmir has again become the venue for a confrontation between India and Pakistan. On September 11, militants attacked an Indian military post in Poonch, and on September 18, another in Uri—both towns in Indian Kashmir. They infiltrated the so-called Line of Control (LOC), which separates the India- and Pakistan-administered portions of Kashmir and has served as the de facto boundary since the armistice that ended the 1947–48 war between India and Pakistan.
An Indian policeman was killed in the Poonch attack. In Uri, eighteen soldiers were killed (another died later while being treated for injuries) before the assault was repelled and the intruders shot dead. India insisted that in both instances the perpetrators were armed and trained by Pakistan, as its Director General for Military Operations added that twenty similar incursions had been thwarted so far this year.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 4, 2016
How Water Scarcity Could Fuel Another Sino-Indian War -- Francis P. Sempa, Diplomat
India-Pakistan: The lines that have been crossed -- Vipin Narang, The Hindu
Pakistan will win any war against India -- Shehzad Ghias, Express Tribune
Why Syria's Bashar al-Assad is still in power -- Zoe Hu, Al Jazeera
Aleppo: The Capital of Western Indifference -- Thanassis Cambanis, The Atlantic
What would make you care about Aleppo? -- AJ Willingham, CNN
What’s at Stake in Syria’s Battle for Aleppo: QuickTake Q&A -- Dana Khraiche, Bloomberg
Obama Admin Secretly Facilitated Iranian Ballistic Missile Program -- Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon
Iran's Oil -- Sam Wilkin, Bloomberg
Saudi Arabia and terrorism today -- Daniel L. Byman, Brookings
Kyrgyzstan: State Fragility and Radicalisation -- Crisis Group
Lesotho: real freedom after 50 years of independence? -- Christine Harjes, DW
Despite Brexit turmoil, British politics is healthy -- Peter Apps, Reuters
What the Hell Just Happened in Colombia? -- Elizabeth Dickinson, Foreign Policy
Why Americans Feel Poor, in One Chart -- Narayana Kocherlakota, Bloomberg