Line on Fire: Ceasefire Violations and India-Pakistan Escalation Dynamics

ISBN : 9780199489893

Happymon Jacob; Sumit Ganguly; E Sridharan
432 ページ
140 x 216 mm

India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed repeated ceasefire violations over the past decade. Indeed, with the new low in the relations between India and Pakistan, ceasefire violations have gone up exponentially. These have the potential to not only begin a crisis but also escalate an ongoing crisis. To make things worse, in the event of major violations, political leadership on either side often engage in high-pitched rhetoric some of which even have nuclear undertones. Using fresh empirical data and oral history evidence, this book explains the causes of ceasefire violations on the Jammu and Kashmir border, and establishes a relationship between ceasefire violations and crisis escalation between India and Pakistan. In doing so, the book further nuances the existing arguments about the escalatory dynamics between the two South Asian nuclear rivals. Furthermore, the book explains ceasefire violations using the concept of 'autonomous military factors'.


List of Tables, Figures, and Cases
Foreword by Lt Gen. Harcharanjit Singh Panag
Foreword by Lt Gen. (Retd) Waheed Arshad
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Conceptualizing Escalation Dynamics in South Asia
Chapter 3: (Mis)managing the Border: A History of Practices and Mechanisms
Chapter 4: Lull before the Storm: 2003 Ceasefire Agreement and After
Chapter 5: Military Gamesmanship and Moral Ascendency: Explaining Ceasefire Violations
Chapter 6: Ceasefire Violations and Crisis Escalation: Analysing the Data
Chapter 7: Implications for Theory and Practice


Happymon Jacob teaches at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Prior to joining JNU in 2008, Jacob held teaching positions at the University of Jammu in Jammu and Kashmir and the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, and research positions at the Centre for Air Power Studies, Delhi Policy Group and Observer Research Foundation, all based in New Delhi. During 2016-2017, Jacob was a Senior Global Challenges Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), Berlin, and Central European University, Budapest. He was Visiting Professor, at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris during 2015. Jacob participates in some of the influential Indian-Pakistan track-two dialogues: Chaophraya Dialogue, Pugwash India-Pakistan Dialogue, and the Ottawa India-Pakistan Dialogue. He is a member of the international Governing Council of the Nobel Peace Prizewinning Pugwash Conferences of Science and World Affairs. Jacob is the Honorary Director of the; Chaophraya Dialogue (India Chapter). He is a columnist for The Hindu, and hosts a video series called National Security Conversations with Happymon Jacob for The Wire.