Written by analysts from India, Pakistan, and the United States, this unique book draws extensively on primary sources, including unprecedented access to Indian, Pakistani, and U. This is the first rigorous and objective account of the causes, conduct, and consequences of the Kargil conflict. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published December 1st by Cambridge University Press first published More Details Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Asymmetric Warfare in South Asia , please sign up.
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Sort order. Nov 21, Alex Lennon rated it really liked it Shelves: nuclear. Don't usually rate anthologies by multiple authors but this one stands out because of how remarkably little is written on Kargil for students and analysts of nuclear proliferation. Nov 09, Randhir rated it really liked it.
The writers, in addition to well known international figures are also from both the adversarial countries. The topics selected are all relevant, though at times repetitive. The organisational knowledge displayed by some of the writers is impressive, including knowledge about the order of battle.
Pakistan has justified the action as necessitated in order to create asymmetry. For that they claim success. However the book clearly brings out the errors of judgement which were compounded by a swift Indian retaliation. This was unexpected so that the whole operation unraveled. One also got the impression that Pakistan didn't think things through and thus were caught on the backfoot. It is an erroneous belief in their Army that a Pakistan soldier is 10 times superior than an Indian. So they achieve successful asymmetry, no matter how many times they are disabused.
The nuclear dimension is discussed too in some detail. A useful book for ones personal library too. Raj rated it it was amazing Jan 18, Abhishek rated it did not like it Apr 24, It is especially comprehensive and balanced and blends theory and policy analysis in the best way. Betts, Director, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University 'The Kargil War was a rare and dangerous moment in history when two nuclear powers and two democracies went to war despite the risks of nuclear escalation.
This excellent book explains, in more detail and depth than ever before, the crucial decisions made in Islamabad, New Delhi, and in the mountain peaks of Kashmir that led to the Kargil conflict and led to its eventual resolution. Peter Lavoy's Asymmetric Warfare in South Asia deserves wide reading because it is a meticulous examination of the first, but perhaps not the last, limited war to occur in the Indian subcontinent under the shadow of nuclear weaponry. Both academics and policymakers alike will be informed - and sobered - by this excellent work.
Tellis, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 'This volume is required reading for anyone who wishes to understand Pakistan's military decision-making or the half-war in Kargil in , just a year after India and Pakistan tested nuclear weapons. Peter Lavoy, long a scholar of South Asian military affairs, assembled a first-rate team from Pakistan, India and the United States to examine the causes, conduct and impact of the Kargil conflict, based in part on an astonishing number of interviews with high-level participants from both sides.
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