Rebecca Byerly will be a panelist at the USIP event on Kashmir. In addition to speaking, she has arranged several videos of Kashmiris on the ground to be shown during the conference to give policy makers a first hand perspective of what is going on in the region.
The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is experiencing its most severe domestic uprising since 1989. While recent years delivered some good news through fewer militant attacks, relatively peaceful elections, and revival of the tourist industry, the current wave of protests has once again paralyzed the Kashmir Valley. More than 100 Kashmiris, predominately young men and boys, have died in clashes with Indian security forces since the protest began this summer. The state government has failed to regain control of the region, the Indian prime minister has expressed his shock at the unfolding situation in Kashmir, and the government seated in New Delhi has mentioned reviewing its security deployments and pushing for a political settlement.
Despite the severity of the situation, very little is known about the nature of the present uprising and how it compares to previous ones. The strategic aspect of the developments in Kashmir is equally important, not only for the Indian state but also for U.S. policy in the region. What, if any, lasting implications will the situation have on New Delhi's policy towards Kashmir, and by extension, on the India-Pakistan relationship? Furthermore, what does all this mean for the U.S. policy on the Kashmir dispute?
Location: U.S. Institute of Peace
1200 17th St, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Webcast: You may participate in this event in two ways. You can register to attend the event, or you may watch the live webcast beginning at 9:30am EDT on October 5, 2010 at www.usip.org/webcast.html.
Rebecca Byerly, a senior journalist with Voice of America who has recently reported from Kashmir. She will discuss the on-the-ground situation and the nature of the protests taking place in the troubled state.
For more information, visit http://www.usip.org/events/crisis-in-kashmir