Resources

Opening spaces for youth in Jammu & Kashmir

May 2014
Youth are vital agents for positive societal change. This paper explores how this could be done in Kashmir, with recommendations on ways to engage youth with political and socio-economic processes.

Rejuvenating the economic environment in Jammu & Kashmir

May 2014
The disconnect between regions of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which has continued over the course of six decades, has had a profound impact on the political economy of the local population on either side of the divide in Kashmir. This study examines how investments in either side of the LoC could establish long lasting trade.

Afghanistan post-2014: reverberations in Kashmir

Apr 2014
This briefing paper is the third in a series from the Kashmir Initiative Group (KIG), highlighting potential scenarios following the drawdown of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan this year, and its possible implications for the already fragile Indian-Pakistani dialogue as well intra-Kashmir peacebuliding initiatives. For more information on the background to the Kashmir conflict please see the previous brief in this series.

Accord - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent

Apr 2014
This 6-page policy brief summarises the findings of Accord 25 - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent. It argues that a legitimacy lens should be applied to peace processes by paying attention to priorities of context, consent and change.

Institutionalising confidence building measures on Kashmir

Dec 2013
This briefing paper is the second in a series from the Kashmir Initiative Group, discussing the need to consolidate confidence building measures across the Line of Control in Kashmir, in order to strengthen the peace process between India and Pakistan.

Background to the Kashmir conflict: challenges and opportunities

Sep 2013

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:

Cross-Line of Control Trade: Peacebuilding and economic potential – Research report

Jun 2013

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.

Crossing the Divide: Professional Fellows Striving for Peace in Kashmir

Mar 2013
Conciliation Resources hosted four Professional Fellows from India and Pakistan in 2012, with the aim of bringing together different sides of the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. This edition of Commonwealth Scholarships News looks at the experiences of the fellows and how they will turn what they've learned into practical actions for peace.

Escalation of violence across Line of Control: Statement by the Kashmir Initiative Group

Jan 2013

The Kashmir Initiative Group (KIG) views with deep concern the recent breach of peaceful ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir leading to noticeable diplomatic tension between India and Pakistan.

The Impact of Conflict on Young People in Azad Jammu and Kashmir

Dec 2012

The long-standing and intractable issue of Kashmir between Pakistan and India is of great importance for the young people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). The costs of this deep-rooted conflict have become increasingly difficult for Pakistan and India, and for the people of the erstwhile state of Kashmir in particular.

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