20 October, 2020

A Whiff Of Fresh Western Air On The Subcontinent

US opinion is divided over a think-tank's report seeking dramatic policy changes in South Asia

A Whiff Of Fresh Western Air On The Subcontinent

DC recently-published report by the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations titled, A New US Policy Toward India and Pakistan, has triggered contradictory reactions: while some have praised the effort, others have disagreed, bringing out a clear division in American thinking. It is the work of a high-level independent task force chaired by Richard Haass, a former senior director at the National Security Council, who now heads foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, a prestigious left-leaning think-tank in the nation's capital. The project director for the task force is Gideon Rose, a former associate director at the National Security Council, now a Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Almost every South Asian expert in the US is on the task force and the 28-name roster is a veritable who's who of analysts who regularly write or speak about the subcontinent. It includes such luminaries as former legislator Stephen Solarz, former ambassadors William Clark and Robert Oakley, former journalists Selig Harrison and Emily...



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