Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 8, 2019

C. Christine Fair, The Atlantic: India’s and Pakistan’s Lies Thwarted a War—For Now

Lying about facts to de-escalate tension in Kashmir is a playbook they’ve both used before.

In May 1999, New Delhi discovered that Pakistani intruders had seized Himalayan posts in Kargil, part of Indian-controlled Kashmir. Initially, the Indian government believed that these infiltrators were scruffy mujahideen when in fact they were paramilitary soldiers, officered by Pakistan’s army. Curiously, India publicly maintained the fiction that they were militants well after their identity was discovered. Counterintuitively, the falsehood facilitated a de-escalation of a conflict that had already become a limited war.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 8, 2019

India and Pakistan Pull Back From the Brink in Kashmir, For Now -- RCW/Stratfor

Why India and Pakistan Avoided Nuclear War -- Phillip Orchard & Xander Snyder, RCW

Kashmir edges closer to the brink -- Ayesha Ray, East Asia Forum

US struggles to get European troops for Syria -- Laura Rozen, Al-Monitor

ISIS Supporters Around the World Rally for Steep Escalation in Online Jihad -- Bridget Johnson, PJ Media

Moldova's Elections Show Putin's Limits -- John Lechner & Aykan Erdemir, RCW

What would Russia nuke? -- Dawn Stover, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Kim and Trump, Again: North Korea’s Drives the Wedge -- Khang Vu, The Interpreter

Trump struggles to defend his record amid setbacks on immigration, trade, North Korea -- David Nakamura, Seung Min Kim and Josh Dawsey, CTPost/The Washington Post

Is Trump Heading Toward War with Iran? -- Curt Mills, National Interest

US tries in vain to pull Nepal into its orbit -- Bhim Bhurtel, Asia Times

'2019 will go down as a year of liberation for Venezuela' -- Oliver Pieper, DW

The next crash: why the world is unprepared for the economic dangers ahead -- Grace Blakeley, New Statesman

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