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Secession and Security: How States Handle Separatists in South Asia and Beyond

  • Stimson Center 1211 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)
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South Asian countries have experienced a variety of secessionist movements challenging their borders since gaining independence, from the Bengali movement in Pakistan to the Kashmiri movement in India. The Stimson Center is pleased to host Ahsan Butt, Assistant Professor at George Mason University and Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center, to discuss his recently published book, Secession and Security: Explaining State Strategy Against Separatists, in which he argues that states, rather than separatists, determine how violent the conflict between them will be. He investigates the strategies, ranging from negotiated concessions to large-scale repression, adopted by states in response to separatist movements. Butt’s deep historical approach focuses on two main cases—Pakistani reactions to Bengali and Baloch demands for independence in the 1970s and India’s responses to secessionist movements in Kashmir, Punjab, and Assam in the 1980s and 1990s. Tamanna Salikuddin, former Senior Advisor to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Department of State, and Alec Worsnop, Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, College Park, will offer comments at this event. Sameer Lalwani, Co-Director of Stimson’s South Asia Program, will moderate the discussion. 

Event Details

  • Date: February 13, 2018

  • When: 12:15 - 2:00 PM

  • Where: Stimson Center, 8th Floor