ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India will be compelled to engage with the US, and even other strong powers like China, and try and achieve their crisis objectives through them rather than contemplating direct conflict in a nuclear environment.
This was said by Associate Vice President for Asia programmes at the US Institute of Peace (USIP) Dr Moeed Yusuf on Wednesday at the roundtable organised by Center for International Strategic Studies on “Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments: US Crisis Management in South Asia”.
He added that these third-party states, however, will be most interested in ensuring crisis de-escalation given their concerns about a nuclear war between Pakistan and India ahead of their alliances in the region.
Participating as a keynote speaker on the occasion, Dr Yusuf discussed his forthcoming book, Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments: US Crisis Management in South Asia, which will be published by Stanford University Press in May this year.
He said that the book aimed to expound upon the implications of third party involvement in crises between regional nuclear powers like Pakistan and India. This is the first book that studies the effects of the presence of nuclear weapons on the behaviour of global powers like the United States as they try to influence the behaviour of regional nuclear rivals, he said.
It is therefore not necessary that the US will back India and China will support Pakistan in a crisis situation.
The book highlights several risks involved in third-party mediation in nuclear crises in South Asia and in other regions like the Korean peninsula.
CISS Executive Director Ambassador Ali Sarwar Naqvi gave the concluding remarks. The round-table was attended by retired diplomats, academic scholars and other experts.