Freezing the fighting: Military disengagement on the Siachen Glacier

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Since 1984, India and Pakistan have confronted each other militarily for control over the Siachen Glacier and its approaches in the eastern Karakoram mountain range, adjacent to the borders of India, Pakistan, and China. The longest-running armed conflict between two regular armies in the twentieth century, the conflict in Siachen has resulted in hundreds of casualties, mainly because of adverse climatic conditions and harsh terrain. The economic cost of sustaining a conflict in that geographically remote and climatically inhospitable region has also been extremely high for both countries. Past efforts by India and Pakistan to find a mutually acceptable solution ... continued below

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Ahmed, S. & Sahni, V. March 1, 1998.

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  • Ahmed, S. Asia Foundation, Islamabad (Pakistan)
  • Sahni, V. Jawaharlal Nehru Univ., New Delhi (India)

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Since 1984, India and Pakistan have confronted each other militarily for control over the Siachen Glacier and its approaches in the eastern Karakoram mountain range, adjacent to the borders of India, Pakistan, and China. The longest-running armed conflict between two regular armies in the twentieth century, the conflict in Siachen has resulted in hundreds of casualties, mainly because of adverse climatic conditions and harsh terrain. The economic cost of sustaining a conflict in that geographically remote and climatically inhospitable region has also been extremely high for both countries. Past efforts by India and Pakistan to find a mutually acceptable solution have failed, mainly because of mutual distrust and suspicion. This paper examines Indian and Pakistani perceptions, preference, and policies, and identifies options for resolving the conflict. This paper also identifies the most appropriate verification and monitoring technologies to assist policy-makers in ensuring agreement stability and compliance. While a future agreement on resolving the dispute will depend, above all, on the political will of the Indian and Pakistani leaderships, adequate, appropriate verification and monitoring mechanism will enhance their ability to reach a sustainable and durable accord of the Siachen conflict. 1 fig.

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  • Other: DE98004735
  • Report No.: SAND--98-0505/1
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • DOI: 10.2172/589202 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 589202
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc690007

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Ahmed, S. & Sahni, V. Freezing the fighting: Military disengagement on the Siachen Glacier, report, March 1, 1998; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc690007/: accessed December 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.