Najam in The Hill on Why Kashmir is a Global Crisis

Adil Najam, Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, published a recent Op-Ed on how the ongoing conflict in Kashmir is a global crisis — extending beyond India and Pakistan. 

Najam’s Op-Ed, entitled “Why Kashmir Is a Crisis For the World, Not Just India and Pakistan,” was published in The Hill on August 20, 2019.

From the text of the Op-Ed:

The 15-member United Nations Security Council reluctantly gathered Friday in a closed-door session to discuss an issue it would have preferred to wish away but which, once again, has become impossible for the world to ignore: Kashmir.

They did what the U.N. often does — not much, but enough for both Pakistan and India to claim victory and gloat to their domestic audiences. Meanwhile, they had nothing to offer to the people of Kashmir, not even a word of consolation.

All of this creates a problem not just for the region but the world — and, perhaps, an opportunity for the United States to act in the world’s best interests.

This crisis began on Aug. 5 when India unilaterally eliminated the autonomous status of the disputed territory of Kashmir that had been the fundamental legal basisand a primary condition of its temporary incorporation into India. Eleven days later, as the Security Council concluded its meeting, Indian-held Kashmir was still under complete lockdown: totally silenced and shuttered, home to one of the largestconcentrations of military anywhere on the planet; its capital, Srinagar, turned into abarricaded garrison, the world’s largest prison.

Read the entire Op-Ed here.

Adil Najam is the inaugural dean of the Pardee School and was a former Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Lahore Pakistan. Learn more about him here.