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De-escalatory diplomacy: Can Trump administration avert an India-Pak war?

The potential escalatory implications are severe - both India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons, and Pakistani doctrine reportedly emphasises using them early in a war with India

Pulwama terror attack

Protesters raise slogans and burn tyres during a demonstration against the Pulwama terror attack, in Jammu | Photo: PTI

Hal Brands | Bloomberg
So far, Donald Trump has had remarkably good luck: His administration has avoided a major international crisis not of its own creation. That luck has run out, however, with a deadly dispute between India and Pakistan. In previous showdowns on the subcontinent, the US played a critical role in preventing tensions between nuclear-armed rivals from getting out of control. We are about to find out whether an erratic, hollowed-out Trump administration is capable of a similar performance.

India-Pakistan tensions over the disputed area of Kashmir have persisted since the birth of the two nations in 1948. The current crisis broke

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First Published: Feb 27 2019 | 10:35 AM IST

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