July 29, 2016

Cross-Border Terrorism in India: Counterterrorism Strategies and Challenges

Last updated: June 24, 2010


Vandana Asthana
Department of Government and International Affairs
Eastern Washington University

Published by Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ACDIS Occasional Paper series
June 2010

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The author begins with the premise that contemporary terrorism has emerged as a fully globalized phenomenon with increasingly destructive capacities. She traces the origins of terrorism in India, with particular reference to the country's rivalry over Kashmir with neighboring Pakistan.

Next, the author identifies shortcomings in India's current counterterrorism strategies, by examining existing federal and state policy approaches, infrastructure, and intelligence and security agency coordination.

The paper concludes with recommendations for improving India's institutional capabilities, inter-agency coordination, and international cooperation in order to more effectively combat cross-border terror.