Though other regional conflicts may capture more headlines, none reaches as deeply into the past nor haunts the present as ominously as Kashmir. The region, divided between India and Pakistan in 1947, is today perhaps the most militarized place in the world.
At this Open Society Institute event, four panelists discuss the remote origins of the Kashmir conflict, as well as its longterm consequences, including its incalculable human costs, its effects on Indian and Pakistan polities, the American role in the dispute, and the prospects for a resolution. In addition, they will trace the tentacles from Kashmir that have extended to other regional conflicts, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the streets of Mumbai.
- Basharat Peer, Kashmiri journalist and Open Society Fellow
- Steve Coll, president of New America Foundation and staff writer at The New Yorker magazine (moderator)
- Mridu Rai, associate professor of history at Yale University
- Pankaj Mishra, author and journalist