By T. V. Paul

India-Pakistan competition continues to be some of the most enduring and unresolved conflicts of our instances. it all started with the delivery of the 2 states in 1947, and it has persisted ever given that, with the periodic resumption of wars and crises. The clash has affected each measurement of interstate and societal family members among the 2 international locations and, regardless of occasional peace projects, indicates no indicators of abating. This quantity brings jointly top specialists in diplomacy concept and comparative politics to provide an explanation for the patience of this competition. Their research deals attainable stipulations less than which the contention can be terminated.

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Diehl, ‘‘The Path(s) to Rivalry: Behavioral and Structural Explanations of Rivalry Development,’’ Journal of Politics 63 (2001), 717–40. Jaroslav Tir and Paul F. Diehl, ‘‘Geographic Dimensions of Enduring Rivalries,’’ Political Geography 21 (2002), 263–86. Paul K. ’’ in John A. ), What Do We Know about War? (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000), 85–110; John A. Vasquez and Marie T. Henehan, ‘‘Territorial Disputes and the Probability of War, 1816–1992,’’ Journal of Peace Research 38 (2001), 123–38.

In comparison with the Sino-Indian conflict, the India–Pakistan rivalry has remained at a higher intensity due to the irredentist aims of Pakistan and the anti-irredentist policies of India while the majority Kashmiri population desires independence from both states. The international costs of aggressive foreign polices are not necessarily sufficient to stop a country from engaging in self-destructive behavior associated with irredentism if domestic pressures are strong enough to continue such policies.

37 The other dimension of rivalry maintenance is that the disputed issues in the rivalry are not resolved, best indicated by repeated stalemate or indecisive outcomes to the militarized confrontations. Thus, the status quo, which is unacceptable to one or both of the participants, remains, and this generates future attempts to change it.

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