South Asia

Scholarly Publications

Pakistan's Foreign Policy Calibration

May 2013

Following Pakistan's historic elections held in May 2013, CISAC Visiting Scholar Rifaat Hussein discusses next steps for Islamabad's foreign policy, particularly in relations with India, a new...

The Jihad Paradox: Pakistan and Islamist Militancy in South Asia

July 2012

Abstract Islamist militants based in Pakistan pose a major threat to regional and international security.

Probabilistic Analysis of a Country's Program to Acquire Nuclear Weapons

March 2011

Abstract: This paper describes a risk analysis approach for assessing the progress of another country's nuclear weapons program over time.

Other Publications

The Limits of Counterinsurgency Doctrine in Afghanistan

September 2013

Counterinsurgency strategy, as applied in Afghanistan, rested on the assumption that it was feasible for the U.S.

Naval Gazing

June 2013

Does India have what it takes to be a military player in Asia?CISAC Fellow Vipin Narang and Paul Staniland are doubtful; India's bureaucracy and domestic politics overshadow its ambitions.

Impressions of a Pakistan election monitor

May 2013

CISAC Affiliate and South Asia expert Anja Manuel gives an eyewitness account of Pakistan's historic May 2013 election.

News

Policy Roundtable: The Future of South Asia

October 2019

/*-->*/ Debak Das, CISAC’s MacArthur Nuclear Security Pre-doctoral Fellow, and his roundtable contributors examine the rising tensions between Pakistan and India and look at what the future might...

The U.S. drone war in Pakistan revisited

November 2018

Many analysts, practitioners, and scholars are skeptical of the efficacy of drone strikes for counterterrorism, suggesting that they provide short-term gains at best and are counterproductive at...

Felter: Insurgents attack aid programs to undermine governments

July 2014

Research by CISAC Senior Research Scholar Joe Felter shows that insurgents try to derail government-delivered aid programs in poor areas because they fear successful programs will boost the...

Events

How do Modern Militant Groups Form, Survive, and Thrive?

January 22, 2020

Livestream: Please check back on day of event for status update (if any). About this Event: Despite the fact that armed groups directly influence patterns of war between and within states, the...

Addressing highly polluting brick manufacturing in South Asia

March 8, 2018

Abstract: Clay fired bricks are a primary building material used in the rapidly expanding construction sector across South Asia.

Jihad as Grand Strategy: Islamist Militancy, National Security, and the Pakistani State

October 29, 2015

Abstract: This book seeks to understand the connection between Pakistan and Islamist militancy. The book argues that, since Pakistan’s founding in 1947, it has used religiously motivated non-state...

Projects

Empirical Studies of Conflict

The Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) addresses critical challenges to international security through methodologically rigorous, evidence-based analyses of insurgency, civil war and...
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Stanford Ethics & War Series (2010-2011)

The Bowen H.
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Mapping Militant Organizations

This research project launched in 2009 traces the evolution of militant organizations and the interactions that develop among them over time.
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People

Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Brett McGurk Lecturer
Anja Manuel Anja Manuel Affiliate
Melissa Hanham Affiliate
Karthika Sasikumar Karthika Sasikumar Affiliate
Frank Pabian Affiliate
Paul Kapur Affiliate
Robert Rakove Affiliate
Leonard Weiss Leonard Weiss Affiliate
Jason Reinhardt Affiliate