Book Talk 10 – Shooting For a Century: The India-Pakistan Conundrum

Stephen P. Cohen

Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy
Brookings Institution 


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Episode Summary
This month, Stephen P. Cohen joins co-host Alistair Edgar for a discussion of Cohen’s latest book Shooting for a Century: The India-Pakistan Conundrum.  Cohen shares why this decades-old rivalry still holds relevance today and how Delhi and Islamabad remain mired in an intractable ‘paired minority conflict’. Potential means of normalizing relations are explored, focusing on the role of elites, the business community and civil society. The BookTalk concludes by examining the evolution of US policy towards South Asia and what the future holds for India-Pakistan relations.

Additional Resources
Shooting for a Century: The India-Pakistan Conundrum
The India Project  |  Brookings Institution
The Future of Pakistan
The Idea of Pakistan
Arming without Aiming: India’s Military Modernization, Revised with a New Preface
Law, Order, and the Future of Democracy in Pakistan

About Stephen P. Cohen
Stephen P. Cohen is a senior fellow with the India Project in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, following a career as a professor of political science and history at the University of Illinois. In 2004, he was named by the World Affairs Councils of America as one of America’s 500 most influential people in the area of foreign policy.

Cohen is the author, co-author or editor of over fourteen books, mostly on South Asian security issues, the most recent being Shooting for a Century, The India-Pakistan Conundrum (Brookings Institution Press, 2013) and The Future of Pakistan (Brookings Institution Press, 2011). He has also written books on India, Pakistan, nuclear proliferation, disaster management and the application of technology to the prevention or amelioration of terrorism.

In early 2008, Cohen was a visiting professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, where he taught a course on the politics of manmade and natural disasters. He also taught in Japan at Keio University, and in India at Andhra University. He has consulted for numerous foundations and government agencies, and was a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State from 1985-1987. He was a visiting scholar at the Ford Foundation, New Delhi, from 1992-1993.


Recorded March 2014.


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