India Abroad interviews author Howard Schaffer
In an interview with India Abroad [pdf], Former ambassador to Bangladesh Howard B. Schaffer explains the limits of America’s influence in the highly disputed Kashmir region since 1947 until today.
Schaffer reveals that America’s role in the Kashmir region during the 1940s to 1960s developed a settlement that was limited, unsuccessful, and focused on crisis-management. He recommends that both India and Pakistan develop strong governments in order for the region to advance considerably. Schaffer adds that the United States might be of assistance only if this is achieved.
“Howard Schaffer’s superb book on Kashmir explains the effect it has had not only on India-Pakistan relations, but also on the Cold War and the growth of radical Islam. The author skillfully uses the historical narrative as a lead-in to the persuasive final chapter on why the Obama administration should take a major role in helping solve the Kashmir dispute,” says Former US envoy to Pakistan, Robert B. Oakley.
Schaffer imparts 36 years of expertise on South Asia into his book, The Limits of Influence, and is currently the Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.