This meeting will be at a new location — the One Brattle Square 5th Floor Conference Room. To find the building, go down the walkway next to the Brattle Theater and the Casablanca bar/restaurant. The entrance to One Brattle Square is on the left at the end of the walkway; take the elevator up to the fifth floor, and the entrance to the Office Suite is to the left after you exit the elevator.

The topic of discussion will be the conflict over the Kashmir region, which acts both as a stimulant for terrorism and as an obstacle to U.S. efforts to engage India and Pakistan in anti-terrorism efforts. Hassan Abbas, a joint International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom Fellow and authority on religious extremism in the region will lead the discussion.

The primary reading for this session is an article by Irm Haleem in the Spring 2004 issue of Terrorism and Political Violence titled "Micro Target, Macro Impact: The Resolution of the Kashmir Conflict as a Key to Shrinking Al-Qaeda’s International Terrorist Network." The journal is available in the Harvard library system, but if you have trouble locating it, contact Erik Dahl for assistance.

These additional readings may be useful:

United States Institute for Peace special report on the Kashmir conflict

RAND Research Brief on Counterterror Coalitions

Naval Postgraduate School report on Pakistani policy toward the area

A case study of one militant Islamic group in Kashmir, the Lashkar

Please contact Erica Chenoweth or Erik Dahl with any questions (617-496-2569).