Book Review: How Have Leaders Impacted The India-Pakistan Rivalry?

April 10, 2023


Dr. Saeed Shafqat

Christopher Clary’s The Difficult Politics of Peace: Rivalry in Modern South Asia has three outstanding features: first, it is theoretically innovative and refreshing in its approach, content, and style. Second, the volume is methodologically rigorous and evidence driven, unearthing new archives, and third, it cuts across disciplinary boundaries. The author is upfront in arguing that conventional portrayals of India and Pakistan as caught in a vicious cycle of ‘conflict unending’ does not reveal the complete picture and at best is, ‘incomplete.’