Raising Costs For Infiltration, Without Abandoning India’s Core Principles Of Restraint

After having reflected on the origins of Pakistan’s proxy war in J&K, it is time to fast-forward to the present.

A thoughtful piece on the downside of India’s current strategy of raising costs for Pakistan’s continued support to the proxy war in J&K by an accomplished practitioner-scholar merits a response. This is because we seem to be sceptical about the current strategy as short-term costs seem to be high even though past strategies have repeatedly floundered.

Rather than debate selected issues from the article, it is more appropriate to focus on India’s attempts to forge a flexible strategy of deterrence by denial against an adversary that punches well above its weight by exploiting the chameleon nature of contemporary conflict and geopolitics.

Pakistan’s irrational strategic behavior stretches across the political and military spectrum, influenced in no small measure by jihadi and salafi extremism. Read More…

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