President Donald J. Trump is on his first official trip to Asia, with stops in Japan, South Korea, China, and now Vietnam, for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) summit. In his address to the APEC CEO Summit, he outlined his stamp on Asia statecraft, which includes a vision of upholding a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” However, the United States cannot achieve that goal without strong Asian partnerships—including with India.
Even this carries risks. India may get away with this as an occasional tactic. But if used too often, or causing too much damage, Pakistan will be obliged to retaliate. After that, tit-for-tat escalation could lead to a pointless, bloody war.
As the whole of South Asia goes on a commendable open defecation free drive with the People’s Republic of Bangladesh leading the way, I am left wondering what kind of thoughts and sensitivities will determine the choice of latrine in the millions of new entrants to “closed” defecation spaces. And I looked back at my own evolution and engagement with such spaces.
Thus, a prolonged war between India and Pakistan has to stop short of the nuclear stage, and only a nuclear power can prevent that. Of course, both sides could exercise restraint. But this is new territory for both. The 45 years of Cold War passed without either side using nuclear weapons because both understood the consequences. Even during the Cuban missile crisis, there was restraint.
Three new projects in U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative
The U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative, led by the CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies and the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, has announced three new projects with the state government of Maharashtra