Najam on NPR’s On Point on India-Pakistan Tension

March 5, 2019

According to Adil Najam, Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, the recent conflagration between India and Pakistan, might be the “closest the world has come to an actual nuclear confrontation since the Cuba missile crisis of 1962.”

Najam was interviewed for a March 5, 2019 segment on NPR’s On Point, entitled “India-Pakistan Dogfight Pushes Nuclear Powers To The Brink Of Conflict.

You can listen to the full show, below:

Najam highlighted the centrality of the Kashmir dispute to all India-Pakistan crises. “Once you take out Kashmir,” he said, “there really is nothing else they are fighting about.” He also highlighted the international credibility challenge Pakistan faces because of militant organizations that may be based in the country. He argued that acting and being seen to be acting on these organizations should Pakistan’s highest priority.

Hosted by BU alumna Meghna Chakrabarti, the other guests included BU alumna Aparna Pande, now at the Hudson Institute, and New York Times correspondent Maria Abi-Habib.

Adil Najam is the inaugural dean of the Pardee School and a commentator on foreign policy and diplomacy in South Asia. Learn more about him here.

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