Grassroots peacebuilding: A USIP report
This report, commissioned by the United States Institute of Peace, evaluates the micro-impact of cross-Line of Control (LoC) Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), particularly trade and travel, between the Indian and Pakistani sides of Kashmir since 2005. It is based on a survey and focus group discussions with local traders, academics and civil society members on both sides. The report examines the scope, potential and limitations of cross-LoC grassroots interactions and “Track III” peacebuilding in the overall Kashmir conflict, and offers a framework to strengthen grassroots’ participation. Grassroots peacebuilding remains an emerging concept, and is struggling amidst the traditional top-down approach to conflict resolution. There is, however, a strong potential and a need to organize the grassroots and involve the local population on both sides in peacebuilding in order to make impactful contributions, support local ownership of the processes and generate an environment conducive for a political solution.
Book: South Asia, State, Society and Development
In this compiled edition, my chapter on “Promoting Water security in South Asia” argues that the conflicts of the present and the future will largely stem from struggles over natural resources, water for instance. To be better prepared for the future, South Asian nations need to institutionalize water-cooperation, collaborative water utilization projects and recognize environmental and water issues in regard to larger security scenario.
A soft copy of the book, with my chapter: no 5 :