This paper is the first in a series from the Kashmir Initiative Group (KIG), providing a background to the Kashmir context. The paper reflects on the current landscape in the region, identifies internal and external challenges and opportunities, and offers some suggested points of action in response to these. KIG will produce four policy briefs over the next year based on four issues identified in this paper:
Since the launch of Cross-Line of Control (LoC) Trade in 2008 significant bodes of research and literature have come from Indian, Pakistani and Western sources but every study has addressed one question or the other but not both together in their entirety.
This particular research work is significant in its many aspects: it explores both peacebuilding and the hard economics of cross-LoC trade.
'Interaction on education could serve as a catalyst for stabilisation in Kashmir'. This study, by Ambassador (Rtd) Arif Kamal and Dr Siddiq Wahid, explores the scope for such cooperation across the Line of Control.