Date: Dec 20, 2018

Dr. Yusuf will present his research on US role in India-Pakistan crisis management captured in his latest book Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments: U.S. Crisis Management in South Asia (Stanford University Press, May 2018). The book proposes an original theory, brokered bargaining, to study regional nuclear crises and specifically US role in crisis management. Drawing upon India-Pakistan crises since their nuclear tests in 1998 (Kargil, 2001-02 standoff, Mumbai, surgical strikes episode 2016, etc.), he will explain the risks of India-Pakistan crises and how they intersect with US and other great power interests and for India and Pakistan’s ability to make strategically independent decisions in times of crises. He will also discuss the prospects of dispute resolution between these two South Asian nuclear rivals. Dr. Yusuf’s book also derives key lessons for the Korean peninsula, the Middle East, and the Sino-Indian equation.

About the Speaker

Moeed W. Yusuf is the associate vice president of the Asia center at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Before joining USIP, Yusuf was a fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, and concurrently a research fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center at Harvard Kennedy School. He has also worked at the Brookings Institution. Yusuf has also consulted for a number of international organizations including the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and the Stockholm Policy Research Institute, among others.

Yusuf is teaching peacebuilding at George Washington University and Boston University this summer. He writes regularly for Dawn, Pakistan’s leading English daily. Yusuf’s books South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures (Adil Najam and Moeed Yusuf, eds.) and Getting it Right in Afghanistan (Scott Smith, Moeed Yusuf, and Colin Cookman, eds.) were published by Anthem Press, UK and U.S. Institute of Peace Press respectively in 2013. He is also the editor of Pakistan's Counter-terrorism Challenge (Georgetown University Press, 2014) and Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in South Asia: From a Peacebuilding Lens (U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2014). Yusuf has served on a number of important task forces, advisory councils, working groups, and governing boards, both in the U.S. and Pakistan. In 2013, he was selected to Nobel laureate, Pugwash International’s ‘Council’ (governing body) and subsequently became the youngest member ever to be included in its global executive committee to serve a six-year term.


15:00 – 15:30 | Registration

15:30 – 15:40 | Opening Remarks by Sushant Sareen, Senior Fellow, ORF (Chair)

15:40 – 16:10 | Presentation by Author, Moeed W. Yusuf - Associate Vice President of the Asia center at the US Institute of Peace

16:10 – 16:20 | Remarks by Amb. Rakesh Sood- Distinguished Fellow, ORF

16:20 – 16:30 | Remarks by Kriti M. Shah- Junior Fellow, ORF

16:30 – 16:55 | Q & A

16:55 – 17:00 | Closing Remarks by Chair

17:00 onwards | High tea

Venue Address

ORF Conference Hall, New Delhi